Tips for staying cool while wearing masks in the south Texas heat


HARLINGEN, Texas – Health experts still advise that you wear masks when out and about, but one doctor shares tips on how to stay cool while protecting yourself. 

While wearing a mask when you are out and about will not make it any easier in the south Texas heat, Dr. Christopher Romero, internal medicine physician and physician advisor at Valley Baptist Medical Center, said there are ways to make it more bearable like using a mask made out of fabric that is breathable.

“The CDC’s (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendation is using cotton, much like a t-shirt material as a face covering because that’s going to be breathable, that’s not going to be as warm or as hot,” said Romero.

Romero also recommends having a spare mask. 

“Having a mask that you can swap out is a great way to keep it a little more comfortable wearing one when out and about,” said Romero. 

But as people protest and celebrate milestones, Romero said it is important for people to keep social distancing, washing hands and avoid touching faces.

“The good news is that everybody being responsible as much as we have been in the Rio Grande Valley has put us ahead of the curve as compared to some of the models predicting where we could be right now,” said Romero. 

The physician advisor wants to remind people to keep hydrated, stay in the shade as much as possible and wear loose fit clothing when you are out in public.

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