Having asthma does not mean that you can’t wear a face mask to protect yourself from coronavirus, according to leading charity Asthma UK.
In a bid to set the record straight, they have issued some advice on masks as they have become a necessity in some areas of life.
“Wearing a mask does not reduce a person’s oxygen supply or cause a build-up of carbon dioxide.
You may have read stories that say that it can, but this isn’t true,” said a spokesperson.
“Most people with asthma, even if it’s severe, can manage to wear a face mask for a short period of time, and shouldn’t worry if they need to wear one.”
Face coverings may reduce the risk of spreading infection by protecting people you come into contact with, but they do not replace social distancing measures.
People are also still advised to wash their hands regularly and keep 2m away from those not in their household to help prevent the spread of Covid 19
All four UK nations are now recommending, and in some cases making it the law, that people wear a face covering in enclosed spaces, where:
- social distancing may not be possible
- you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet.
This includes shops, public transport and hospitals.
It is also advised that secondary school students wear masks if they can.