'Joggers should wear mouth mask to prevent contaminating passers'


Now that the sun is shining again, the masses are following in search of fresh air and exercise, but some scientists advocate making masks mandatory for joggers and cyclists. WHO does not agree, they say that wearing a mask can affect breathing, and sweat quickly makes the mask ineffective. Can you see that Covid is too close to lycra lovers?

Joggers running in crowded places where they pass other people should wear mouthcaps. Through their physical exertion, they breathe out over greater distances that passers-by can then inhale. In doing so, they constitute a potential infection care, says Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Medicine at Oxford University in the Good Morning Britain program.

“There is no doubt that the virus spreads through the air, there is no doubt that you can catch it by inhaling it if it is exhaled by someone else. At the passing jogger puffing and panting you can feel the breath and sometimes even notice that you breathe it. Forty percent of infections come from people who do not show symptoms. Before you know it, you're unnoticed infecting an old woman walking her dog.”

“It depends on how close they pass and how heavily they breathe,” explains the professor. “It's important that runners think about where they're going to run. When I run I watch the pedestrians because the sidewalks are there for them. Wear a mask as you run through busy streets. If you run in the park you can take off your mask. It's not so difficult.”

There are, incidentally, medics who warn against wearing a mouthcap during heavy physical exertion, wrote De Tijd last summer:
The World Health Organization explicitly recommends not wearing mouth masks during physical exertion. The organization states that athletes should not wear a mask because it hinders breathing, the mask can get wet due to sweat and a damp mask promotes the growth of bacteria. 'For untrained athletes who follow a start-to-run program because they are overweight or smoking, such a mask hinders breathing, allowing them to hyperventilate, dizzy and faint, 'says Professor of Exercise Physiology Peter Hespel (KU Leuven).

Keeping sufficient distance seems safest for the time being. For cyclists, for example, the contagious breath can spread around the rider ten to twenty meters, says De Tuide.
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