State Mandates Ignore Science On Why Wearing Masks While Exercising Can Do More Harm Than Good
While U.S. governors and elected officials issued mandates requiring people to wear masks during exercise and playing sports, the World Health Organization highly suggests avoiding a face covering while participating in physical activity.
“FACT: People should NOT wear masks when exercising, as masks may reduce the ability to breathe comfortably,” WHO advises on its COVID-19 mythbusters page.
Not only does the WHO say that “sweat can make the mask become wet more quickly which makes it difficult to breathe,” but it also said that the collection of sweat on mask material “promotes the growth of microorganisms.”
Instead of masks, WHO suggests at least three feet of distance between those who are playing sports or exercising.