Experts from the United Kingdom have warned people living with asthma or other respiratory conditions to desist from wearing face mask because it could make breathing difficult for them.
Although people have been advised to wear face masks when in public or in the midst of other people, to prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus, but people who have asthma or other lungs illnesses may find it difficult to breathe with face coverings.
The problem, however, for such people is that they are also at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they are infected the virus, and may be more likely to spread it when they’re infectious.
Experts say people should wear a mask if they comfortably can, to protect themselves and others around them, but not risk their own health in the process.
In its official guidance, Britain’s Cabinet Office says: “If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops.”
But it adds: “Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 2 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. For example, primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions.”
Regarding the condition, UK expert says: “For some people with asthma, wearing a face covering might not be easy. It could make it feel harder to breathe.
“The government has advised that people with respiratory conditions don’t need to wear face coverings, so if you are finding it hard, then don’t wear one.”