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Do I have to wear a mask when I run?

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    avatarKate
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    Yeah, I think the appearance does matter here, because it demonstrates to other people that you’re looking out for them, in a way they wouldn’t otherwise be able to perceive. To a pedestrian, a runner can be a bit threatening because they’re moving fast and breathing heavily.

    And the speed at which you’re moving makes it hard to be certain you can comply with the “wear mask if you can’t social distance” mandate. Someone could come around a corner or out of a driveway and surprise you. Suddenly you can’t distance. It’s likely rare, but it’s possible. I think it’s a lot to expect someone to cover their nose and mouth while running in this heat, but wearing something cotton or wicking around your neck seems like a good compromise.

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    avatarJanetH
    Participant

    I carry a mask with me when I run and you should too. If you are not in a crowd and running outside I don’t think anyone should have a complaint if you don’t wear it. If you stop to talk to someone you can put it on.

    #949408 Reply
    avatarEle4phant
    Guest

    @Janeth.

    Yeah I always have a mask in my running belt, and do stop and put it on when I can see multiple people up ahead or if I run into someone and want stop and chat. I also keep masks and hand sanitizer in my purse, my car, in my bike bag, I basically have them squirreled away a bunch of places so no matter what I have one handy and don’t have to worry about forgetting and getting caught without one. Unless I’m literally in my own yard with no guests I have both things within reaching distance at all times).

    But, it does seem like a pretty low effort on my part to also wear a buff around my neck while I run. Although truth be told they seem so flimsy and breathable I question how effective they actually are at stopping much, but a seen buff around my neck plus a more sturdy unseen mask in my belt is probably the ticket.

    #949501 Reply
    avatarKate
    Keymaster

    Buffs and bandannas are the least effective face coverings, it’s true, but I do think it would solve your issue.

    #949678 Reply
    MielMiel
    Participant

    Careful about neck fleece or neck gaiter, they may be worse than wearing nothing at all, as published recently by my favorite researcher Dr. Warren Warren from Duke University. “The neck fleece has a larger transmission (110%, see Fig. 3 (A)) than the control trial. We attribute this increase to the neck fleece dispersing larger droplets into several smaller droplets, therefore increasing the droplet count.” https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/08/07/sciadv.abd3083.full

    I think at the very least, we shouldn’t do something for the sake of appearance if doing so will in reality make the problem worse. A bandanna, while not really offering much protection would at least not make matter worse.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by MielMiel.
    #950194 Reply
    avatarEle4phant
    Guest

    @miel – maybe one of those human sized hamster wheels? 😉

    Would be better for the knees too I bet!

    #950240 Reply
    avatarCee
    Guest

    Please wear your mask whenever you’re in public. My ENT doctor advised me that COVID particles can linger in the air for up to two hours. It isn’t worth the risk to remove your mask.

    #950843 Reply
    avatarGuest
    Guest

    I agree with everyone here. I’m a runner/walker, but I tend to avoid populated areas, especially in these times. That said, I always have my mask around my ears and my chin so that I can pull it up in a second when anyone appears in my line of sight and pull it back down when it’s all clear. I also think it’s a sign of respect of sorts, and it’s a constant reminder to others passing by to not take this pandemic lightly. That does spook me, what Cee said about the particles lingering for hours in the air!

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