Coronavirus / (COVID-19) Swimming With Face Masks
Many people are curious about the practicality of swimming in bodies of water and protecting yourself with a Face Mask while doing so. So here is some information on the topic.
Should I swim while wearing a face mask?
This is a resounding NO. While catching COVID-19 should be avoided, swimming with a face mask on can cause breathing problems and ultimately lead to drowning.
Should I wear a face mask while in a Sauna, Hot Tub, Or Swimming Pool
This would as well be NO. COVID-19 should be avoided, and your best course of action is to remove yourself from the situation completely, but wearing a face mask in any of those situations can lead to likely situations where your breathing can be hampered.
Should I wear a face mask while on the beach and take it off before swimming?
This would be a yes. The best way to protect yourself from catching COVID-19 is to not be in any situations that you can potentially catch the virus. owever, if you must be on the beach or in other public places, then wearing a face mask and practicing social distancing is the best course of action. For breathing safety, remove the mask before going into the water.
In conclusion a wet face mask can cause breathing problems and should be avoided at all costs, but wearing a dry one before you go into the water, and after you get out of the water (when your face is dry) is the best course of action.
Sources – Mayo Clinic Website