However, if you’re going to be near the water, you have to be mindful that if it gets wet, it’s going to get less breathable and harbor more bacteria. "Wash and dry your face mask that same day," Sonpal says, in addition to practicing social distancing when you're in the water as an extra measure of protection.
What’s the deal with dropping your face mask while exercising? "If you’re running and there’s no one around, it’s okay to drop your mask," says Atlanta-based E. R. doctor Darria Long. "Duration of exposure is key, so unless someone were literally running behind you, anything that you exhale will be widely dispersed and make it unlikely that someone could be exposed to enough virus to be sick," she says.
So while you may be tempted to buy a mask to match your leggings, "cloth and natural fibers are better,” Sonpal says, “Nylon, from a temperature standpoint, may be uncomfortable and wouldn't provide as much ventilation as you’d hope. " Quilter's cotton is even better, according to Sonpal: "It has a good 60% to 80% filtration compared to plain old cotton.
You can easily wash your face mask in the sink with warm water and soap, or if you have a dedicated laundry day, you can "just have a couple and then batch them in a load," says Long.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that "staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy" during the pandemic, but exercising with a mask can make breathing even harder—especially as temperatures rise.
Choose "any kind of cotton because it’s breathable," says Niket Sonpal, board-certified internist in New York City and adjunct assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Truth is, the face mask or bandana you've been using to cover your face may not be the best for outdoor activities, which is why we reached out to experts for advice on what the most breathable face masks are for warm-weather recreation.
Yes, you still need to cover your face this summer. https://t.co/hDTF67r8KV— Glamour (@glamourmag) June 20, 2020
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