Yes, wearing a facial covering is hot work but it won't restrict your ability to get oxygen and it won't increase the amount of carbon dioxide you breathe in, said Dr. Roberto Colon, with Miami Valley Hospital.
Some people continue to say wearing facial coverings can be uncomfortable. And with temperatures in the area reaching into the 90s, following the recommendation of the federal, state and local health officials -- wear a covering whenever you leave your home -- becomes a tough ask.
“One of the biggest misconceptions that some people seem to have is that wearing a mask either reduces the amount of oxygen coming in or increases the amount of carbon dioxide you are retaining,” Colon told News Center 7′s Monica Castro on Tuesday night. “None of those are true.”
Oxygen will be coming in and out at a normal rate, the doctor said, "You will not run out of oxygen."
Colon said the big thing he hears from the comfort standpoint is that it gets hot in there.
“It does. There’s no way around it because a breath is going to be warm. That breath heats up all the air inside the masks and inside layer. It’s not the air getting trapped, it’s just the heat and moisture coming from a breath.”
Colon, as do all health and medical professionals, urges everyone to wear a mask -- for the other sake of the other person.
“it’s not the most comfortable thing in the world but neither was wearing a seat belt,” he said. “We still do that because it protects us.”
Some things you should know today, Wednesday:
- Beginning July 20, nursing homes will be permitted to have outdoor visitations, as long as all safety standards are met. DeWine said nursing homes should consider the status of cases in their communities and in the nursing home, staffing levels, access to testing for residents and staff, PPE supplies and hospital capacity when deciding to reopen for outdoor visits.
- Elsa’s Corner Cantina in Sugarcreek Twp. has limited its operations after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.
- Roosters restaurant in Miami Twp. was closed voluntarily by management following positive COVID-19 cases at the location.
- The 2020 Minor League Baseball season has been canceled, “a disappointing day for many,” Dayton Dragons team president Robert Murphy said.
- Gov. Mike DeWine is committed to keeping the state open, in the face of other states shutting down because of a surge of positive cases
- The Clark County Combined Health District distributed about 3,000 COVID-19 resource packs to those living in areas DeWine designated as hot spots.
LATEST STATE DATA: As of Tuesday afternoon, there have been at least 52,865 confirmed or probable cases in the state, 2,876 deaths, and 7,911 hospitalizations, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
Ohio has an estimated population of approximately 11.7 million, census records show.
Of the state’s positive cases, 10% are from Ohio’s prisons. At those prisons, there has been an increase in testing.
The state reported that a total of 784,362 people have been tested in Ohio
In the state, 7,086 cases are health care workers, which is 14 percent of the cases.
Some other things you should know today: