Monsoons came into Mumbai and with the rainfall, in the middle of the second Covid wave, residents will face a significant problem – How To Handle Wet Masks?
Breathing through damp masks can be exceedingly difficult and might be harmful for some. India Today, TV interviewed people in Mumbai’s streets about how they handle their wet masks.
Ayub refused to wear his mask, an auto driver. “Sir, I’ve only got one mask and it’s wet. I can’t breathe, so I kept it in my pocket. I’m going to wear it again when it’s dry,” he remarked.
On Wednesday, when storms rained at Mumbai, many could be seen sporting their masks.
On the way to his office, a motorbiker commented, “Nobody is going to wear a mask. How can someone breathe wet masks? And how many can you change in the rain? I recognise that wearing masks is vital, but what can be done?”
When should the masks be changed?
India Today, TV spoke to Dr Lancelot Pinto, PD Hinduja Hospital pulmonologist, who remarked “Masks are going to get wet. When the masks are wet, the filter mesh is blocked and resistance must be breathed, making them exceedingly uncomfortable.”
“In addition to carrying additional masks in a waterproof pack, recycling masks for 5 days might be sensible in order to prevent 4 days from wearing a mask and storing it in a warm dry environment from drying the dampness and making it reusable on the fifth day. When utilised in this fashion, one should not ideally utilise masks for more than 3-4 times,” indicated Dr Pinto.
If the mask gets wet, it should be changed. Furthermore, if you suffer substantial breathing difficulty, it’s necessary to change the mask.
Double masking becomes hard
When you go out, the monsoons will affect double masking. If a well-ventilated open space without overcrowding is present, this will still be comparatively low risk and a single mask should provide a decent level of protection.
Indoors especially in poorly ventilated environments, the main issue is always. The monsoons should have less influence in such spaces, which enables people to disguise doubles, noted the doctor.
Mask disposal procedure
Dr Pinto added, “We don’t believe that touching the surfaces infection is a primary route of propagation. It is necessary, then, to put the mask in a paper bag or a Ziploc and to dispose of it in the trash. After doing that, it is vital to clean your hands if the outside surface of the mask is newly infected.”
Is the Face Shield an alternative?
As a study from Switzerland shows, face shields are clearly not a substitute for masks. This mask can be complemented by acting as eye protection and a shield against huge drops, Dr. Pinto stated.
“It is vitally crucial not to let our guardians down and to think that no further waves and new varieties are going to exist. We have, however, learned a lot over the last year and, as long as we execute these learning policies, there is no cause for dread or worry,” Dr Pinto stated.
The doctor further noted, “Additionally, the combining of vaccination and prevailing protection due to past infections and ensuring we do not repeat previous mistakes (overcrowding that allows for tight space gathering) should ensure that future waves are of smaller proportions.”
Monsoon Arrives In Mumbai: How To Handle Wet Masks?