4 Helpful Tips for Wearing a Face Mask in Hot Weather

It looks like the coronavirus will be around all summer long. Here's how to stay safe and comfortable.

Now that summer is here, you might feel like taking a break from the chaos that’s unfolded. But unfortunately, the coronavirus is going strong. That means diligently wearing a face mask is about to get a whole lot harder—and sweatier.

However, safety doesn’t have to come at the expense of comfort. Here are a few tips for how to wear a face mask in the warmer months.

1. Limit your time wearing a mask

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masks should be worn in public areas where it’s difficult to maintain physical distance. That’s almost every restaurant and store! If you have a choice to stay home and avoid people on a hot, humid day, you should. Make sure you know these 11 mistakes you’re probably wearing with face masks.

2. Choose breathable material

Whether you make your own face mask or buy one, choose a face mask that is made out of light-colored, cotton material rather than a synthetic blend. Here’s where you can still find reusable face masks.

3. Have more than one mask

Ideally, you should wash a face mask after wearing one, but that’s not always possible. As you may have discovered, masks can get sweaty and damp, so if you know you’re going to be in public for an extended period of time, bring along an extra mask. After a mask gets wet, it’s less effective for filtering out germs. This is how often you can wear reusable masks between washing.

4. Stay out of the sun

This might be common sense, but unless you need to be outdoors for extended periods of time you should avoid direct sun—and don’t forget to hydrate! See what beverages are the best when you’re thirsty. Next, here’s what a post-coronavirus life could look like.

For more on this developing situation, including how life might be different post-lockdown, see our comprehensive Coronavirus Guide.

Originally Published on Taste of Home

Krista Garcia
Writer, blogger, content creator. I specialize in food and travel, plus digital commerce and the retail industry. Based in Portland, Oregon after a very long time spent in NYC.