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    People With Lung Conditions SHOULD NOT Wear Face Masks If It Makes It Hard To Breathe, Experts Warns

    Experts warn that people with asthma or other lungs should not wear a face mask as this may make it difficult for them to breathe.


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    People are advised to wear face masks in a public place or among other people. In fact, the coronavirus is a respiratory virus, which means that it infects people when it is inhaled and binds to cells in the airways and lungs.



    However, people with asthma or other lung diseases may have difficulty breathing with facial covers.


    Masks can make it difficult to draw air into the lungs, which can cause asthma in some patients and cause anxiety that changes the way people breathe.

    The patients are in a catch-22, however, because they are also at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if they do catch the virus, and may be more likely to spread it when they're infectious. 
    Experts say people should wear a mask if they comfortably can, to protect themselves and others around them, but not risk their own health in the process.

    Experts say people should wear a mask if they can comfortably, to protect themselves and others, but don't risk their own health in the process.



    In its formal commitment, the British Cabinet Office now says: "If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. This is most relevant for short periods indoors in crowded areas, for example, on public transport or in some shops."



    But he adds: "Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 2 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly. For example, primary age children unassisted, or those with respiratory conditions."



    Asthma UK says: "For some people with asthma, wearing a face covering might not be easy. It could make it feel harder to breathe."



    "The government has advised people with respiratory problems not to wear face covers, so if they are having difficulty, do not use them"

    Dr Purvi Parikh, an immunology and infectious disease specialist at New York University, said people with lung conditions, those with skin abnormalities on their face or neck, or children or people with dementia may not be able to wear masks regularly.
    Those with breathing problems may find they worsen because of the mouth and nose covering, she said.
    Dr Parikh told MailOnline: 'Those with lung conditions are in a catch-22 because they probably need the mask more than the average person but it can be challenging to breathe.
    'A tight mask on your face can make anyone have trouble breathing. I even get it when I'm treating my patients.
    'We're approaching summer-time so it's hot outside, and when you're consistently breathing hot air on top of your own breath that can be quite uncomfortable.
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