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Covid-19 FAQs

Covid-19 FAQs

 

"I have a harder time breathing when wearing a mask and I get overheated. Aren't masks dangerous to wear while working out due the intake of excess carbon dioxide?"

 

No.  While masks can definitely be uncomfortable to wear while dancing, according to medical experts, even when exercising, we exhale only small amounts of carbon dioxide, and even if wearing a mask for extended periods of time, it should not cause harm. The one possible exception is for those with diagnosed breathing disorders such as Asthma, who should consult their doctor. Masks do make breathing more challenging, but the lungs will adapt, similar to how they adapt when we start any new aerobic activity. https://www.nbcnews.com/shopping/fitness/best-face-masks-exercise-working-out-n1233704

There are also new masks that have vents that allow an easier intake of air. Most feelings of overheating are due to the moisture produced when we exhale that gets trapped by the mask. There are also new masks that have moisture-wicking capabilities that help with this problem. Bottom line – Wearing a mask helps stop the spread of Covid-19.

https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/best-breathable-face-masks

 

"What's the big deal? Isn't Covid19 just like a cold or the Flu?"

 

Unfortunately, no. Some people do only have mild symptoms and seem to recover fine. But many people do not, and end up with debilitating lifelong side effects even if they recover. Way too many do not recover and have already died. At first it was thought that the virus only harmed older people or those with certain underlying conditions, but that is no longer the case. Infants, children in child care and now schools, as well as physically fit young teens and adults, have all come down with the virus and quite a few have lost their lives to this virus. There is no known cure or vaccine to date. Until there is a vaccine or a cure, the only way we have to slow down the spread is to use use masks, practice social distancing, and frequent hand sanitizing.

 

"I feel fine. Why do I have to wear a mask?"

 

Because Covid19 symptoms may not show up for 2-3 weeks after contracting the virus, and may still be contagious during that same time, so no one can know for sure if they are transmitting the virus or not. Once symptoms occur, the virus has probably already spread to family, friends, co-workers and team mates. The best way to stop the spread is to wear masks when you are outside of your family bubble.

 

"Why does my child need to wear a mask? My child doesn't want to wear a mask, and I heard that children don't transmit the virus anyway."

 

There is not much data yet about transmission among children, however, it has spread in some day care centers and  now in early opening schools, so transmission is definitely possible. Wearing a mask can help stop any transmission.

 

Children resist wearing a mask for many reasons. Some masks are not comfortable due to improper fit, material that does not breath, or the material lacks moisture-wicking capabilities, causing the breath to condense on the skin. A more comfortable mask may be the solution.

 

Another reason may be fear, or they are just not used to wearing a mask. For tips on how to help, and which children should not be wearing a mask https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Cloth-Face-Coverings-for-Children-During-COVID-19.aspx