How to Stay Cool While Wearing a Mask
Even though it has been announced that wearing a mask will soon no longer be a legal requirement, there are still some occasions where you may need to wear one, such as on public transport, in a crowded space, or in some shops. Wearing a mask in the summer isn’t the best, and the hot weather can really add to how annoying it can be. We have compiled a few tips and tricks to stay cool while wearing a mask in the summer sun to make sure that you, and your loved ones, can stay safe.
Avoid extreme heat and humidity
It might not be possible in all instances, but the best way to stay cool is to avoid situations where a mask is required on days that are overwhelmingly hot. If this cannot be avoided, try to run errands in the morning or evening, when the weather cools down – this is likely to help you avoid crowds, too, as it won’t be as busy.
If you can’t avoid plans on hot days, don’t be afraid to give yourself a time out. Take yourself to an area where there are no people and remove your mask – let yourself have a breather before returning to the situation. It can be difficult to remember that you need to take a break, but don’t overdo it and remember to stay hydrated.
Make sure you have the right mask
Choosing a mask is a very difficult thing: not only do you need one that is effective, but also one that you won’t be tempted to touch. Touching your mask can cause cross contamination, so make sure you wash or sanitize your hands before putting it on.
Cotton masks are the most effective at keeping you cooler on hot days. The fabric is more breathable, and they are more comfortable than most polyester or polypropylene masks, whilst also being just as effective. If you are still having difficulty with your mask, switch to disposable surgical masks.
Make sure that your mask fits your face properly. It should be covering your nose and mouth and should feel secure. It shouldn’t be so tight that you find it hard to breathe, but it should feel like it will not fall or move around.
Change your masks regularly
Masks are less effective at filtering out coronavirus when they are damp, so if sweat is an issue, make sure you have spares available. Keep at least one spare available for these occasions: make sure they are clean, and stored in a bag or box that you have easy access to. Good places to keep them are in your glove compartment, bag, or pocket!
Make sure that you are washing or sanitising your hands before touching your masks, and only removing them by touching the elastic around your ears, and not the front. Your masks need washing regularly to make sure they are not contaminated or throwing away if they are disposable.