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Wearing facemask during exercise is harmful, WHO warns

NEWSMAN, Abuja – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned against wearing of facemask during exercises in a bid to prevent coronavirus, saying that masks may affect comfortable breathing and lead to the development of other killer germs or micro-organisms.

WHO gave the warning in a twitter update tagged “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters” on Wednesday.

It stated that “sweat could make the mask become wet more quickly which made it difficult to breathe and would promote the growth of microorganisms”.

“The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain physical distance of at least one metre from others,” it added.

The health agency also warned that “the prolonged use of medical masks can be uncomfortable. However, it does not lead to Carbon dioxide (CO2) intoxication nor oxygen deficiency”.

“While wearing a medical mask, make sure it fits properly and that it is tight enough to allow you to breathe normally. Do not re-use a disposable mask and always change it as soon as it gets damp”, WHO added.

WHO maintained that thermal scanners cannot detect COVID-19, rather it effectively detects fever.

While emphasizing that exposure to sunlight or temperature degrees higher than 25 degree celsius does not also prevent coronavirus.

According to WHO, the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a virus not by bacteria.

“The virus that causes COVID-19 is in a family of viruses called Coronaviridae. Antibiotics do not work against viruses”.

Although “Some people who become ill with COVID-19 can also develop a bacterial infection as a complication. In this case, antibiotics may be recommended by a health care provider,” it said.

WHO noted that currently there was no licensed medication to cure COVID-19.

It advised people that have symptoms of the disease to call their health care provider or COVID-19 hotline for assistance.

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