I guess the main topic of discussion recently is whether or not people should be forced to wear a mask in an effort to prevent spreading COVID-19. Tons of supermarkets have already implemented mandatory guidelines and I have read some stories where this has created violent outbursts from people who refuse to wear one. The popular thing to do online for many is to quickly condemn anyone that doesn’t wear a mask period as well.
This is what got me thinking as there are a ton more people going out and exercising where they are not wearing a mask. Many fitness gyms actually don’t require masks as well and so when there is an outbreak per se then people are quick to say how people exercising should wear a mask period. From what I read this is kind of conflicting. For example, the World Health Organization actually says you shouldn’t wear a mask if you are doing intensive exercising as an example.
They say quote:
FACT: People should NOT wear masks while exercising
People should NOT wear masks when exercising, as masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably.
Sweat can make the mask become wet more quickly which makes it difficult to breathe and promotes the growth of microorganisms. The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain physical distance of at least one meter from others.
So to me that is confusing when average people are telling these types of people that they should wear a mask for these activities. I think from the stuff I am reading it’s basically try and stay away from other people as that is the safest thing to do. Instead of going into an indoor gym maybe it’s time to do something outdoors.
But for those who have a business that insists it must be done indoors it’s kind of a fascinating situation to be in as from what I see some are just getting plain harassed to make mask wearing mandatory when again guidelines say otherwise. Isn’t it better just to try and adapt to make it outdoors if you can as an example?