Worried about the indiscriminate usage of face masks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned fitness enthusiasts against wearing masks while exercising, saying masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably.
It explained that the warning had become imperative following the threats usage of mask posed to users during exercise, and to inform the general public of possible inconveniences associated with such practices.
The global health body said that sweat could make the mask become wet more quickly which made it difficult to breathe and would promote the growth of microorganisms
WHO gave the warning on Wednesday through an update of its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters.
The health agency said that the prolonged use of medical masks when properly worn did not cause Carbon dioxide (CO2) intoxication nor oxygen deficiency, adding that prolonged use of medical masks could be uncomfortable.
“The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain a physical distance of at least one meter from others.
“While wearing a medical mask, make sure it fits properly and that it is tight enough to allow you to breathe normally. Do not re-use a disposable mask and always change it as soon as it gets damp.
“Medical masks (also known as surgical masks) are flat or pleated; they are affixed to the head with straps or have ear loops,” it said.
The body, however, maintained that the likelihood of COVID-19 being spread on shoes and infecting individuals was very low.
“As a precautionary measure, particularly in homes where infants and small children crawl or play on floors, consider leaving your shoes at the entrance of your home. This will help prevent contact with dirt or any waste that could be carried on the soles of shoes,” it said.