Masks problematic for asthmatic, autistic people, others - Experts

Masks problematic for asthmatic, autistic people, others - Experts

- Some health experts are concerned that facemasks might pose a problem for asthmatic people

- There are also concerns for autistic people and individuals with severe allergies

- There are also complains in the deaf and hard of hearing community due to sign languages

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Some health advocates have stated that face masks are dangerous to the health of some people and problematic for some others.

All over the world, people are been asked to wear masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Asthma Canada president Vanessa Foran said simply wearing a mask could create a risk of an asthma attack.

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Her words: “Wearing masks means breathing hot and humid air, so that can trigger asthma symptoms.

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“We say if they cannot wear a mask, they must ensure they're maintaining physical distancing and practising good hand hygiene.”

Foran said people with severe allergies might also find wearing a mask difficult at this time of year.

Dominique Payment, family support representative for Autism Canada, said autistic people have trouble with sensory processing.

“They also have tactile, olfactory and nervous-system hypersensitivity that wearing a mask could aggravate.

“It could cause some serious challenges because their senses are so heightened, it affects everything,” she said.

There are also complains in the deaf and hard of hearing community.

“Typically hard-of-hearing individuals rely more on lip-reading. Masks are still a challenge for deaf people,” said Wissam Constantin, vice-president of governance and membership for the Canadian Association of the Deaf.

“The sign for tired, you can sign for tired, but depending on your mouth movement, it will emphasize how exhausted you are.

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“It's not only about lip-reading. It's about facial expression. That situation is definitely lending to more isolation within the deaf community.

“We really rely on facial expression as a form of communication, so the masks are a barrier in making those connections in the community,” Constantin said.

Meanwhile, a newly launched website is making available day to day data and insights to enable deeper analytical reporting of COVID-19.

The new website www.covid19reportng.com was launched recently.

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