Covid Masks – What’s Your Experience?

The whole covid mask thing has been a struggle for me. Probably for several reasons:

#1 – I have bad asthma, especially in hot weather and wearing a mask makes it much worse. Sometimes to the point that I have to escape a store or building immediately so I can breathe again before I have a full-out asthma attack (masks are required in buildings in our county).

#2 – I’m autistic. I have sensory issues galore and masks drive me crazy. I don’t like the feel of them and for me, I never really adjust. Of all the kinds of masks I’ve tried, the only ones I can even kind of stand are the surgeon ones, but even those bug me, and I can only bear them for a short time.

#3 – I have a little piggy nose, so I can’t keep a mask up, it is always slipping below my nose. It has gotten to the point that sometimes I quit pulling it up because it will just slip down again in 2 seconds, and it is easier to breathe with my nose uncovered anyway.

#4 – Anxiety. I think this plays into the asthma and the sensory issues thing. The more my asthma and sensory issues worsen, the more my anxiety kicks in, till the point where I’m not even sure if I’m having trouble breathing because of the mask and asthma, or because of the anxiety.

At this point, I pretty much just try to do outdoor activities or if I do have to go to a store or something, I get in and out as quickly as possible. Thank God I don’t have to work at a business. I don’t know how I would survive.

So what has your experience with masks been? Do they bother you? Did you adjust and get used to them? Are they required where you live? Do you have any of the same issues I have with them?

45 thoughts on “Covid Masks – What’s Your Experience?

  1. They’re required in stores, shopping malls, museums, public transport and other indoor places. Also required outdoors where social distancing not possible. Fortunately, I don’t suffer from any of your issues but I’m happy to wear them out of consideration of others.

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  2. As a nurse at a large hospital in Florida my strong advice is wear a mask. Follow distance guidelines. This monster virus is not a joke. A mask is easier to wear than a ventilator that you may never get off of alive. Listen to the experts, forget the tripe Trump is feeding us. Do it for yourself, your parents your grandparents. Don’t let anyone tell you kids don’t get the virus, an 12 year old child died of Covid two days ago, a 3o year old man who thought it was a hoax , his dying words. I have asthma , that puts me in a high risk category for death if I fall victim to this virus. Our medical personnel are dying. Don’t be a fool, wear a mask.

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    1. 😦 Very sad to hear the real-life trauma you are witnessing. Really brings a new dimension to the whole thing. I think it is hard for those of us who don’t see the fallout to remember how dangerous it really is. I don’t listen to Trump, so you don’t have to worry about that!

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      1. So many times the scene is played over and over on the nightly news. Tonight a 42 year old man on a ventilator. They attended a party and his 21 year old son took off his mask. Now the entire family had Covid. I keep seeing the crowds demanding no mask mandate, they have a seat belt mandate, haven’t heard anything about that. Trump has politicized face coverings. No one is allowed near him without being tested right then . He is demanding school openings. Trumps policies are killing us.

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  3. Where I am they’re not required except for on public transit. Otherwise, they’re strongly recommended when physical distancing isn’t possible. For the most part, I haven’t been wearing a mask, because I’m not doing anything that’s bringing me close to people.

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  4. I don’t have your exact issues though I do have mild respiratory issues of my own. However, that is the exact reason why I will continue to wear a mask in places with more than 5 people max even after mandates are lifted. In the store, when I’ve felt I needed a full breath of air, I’ve quickly found an aisle where no one is present and walked down partway, then lifted my mask and took several deep breaths before replacing it and moving on. I did the same at a recent doctor’s appointment – asked him to walk to a corner of a room and turn his back, then walked to the opposite corner and turned my back in order to drop my mask for some deep breaths. He completely understood! A little minor inconvenience to avoid getting the virus seems a good trade to getting it.

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  5. In this new world we would do well though it is an inconvenience to follow the guidelines set out by WHO security for both the wearer and those they come in contact with and restrict travel foreign and otherwise to the bare minimum.

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  6. I wear one when I’m near others, and I’ve actually started wearing one more often, even to go a few steps to dump the trash. Why? Because there are a lot more people out & about now, many without masks. Masks are hot & uncomfortable. I think we should wear them anyway!

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    1. Yeah, I don’t blame you for being extra cautious. Yesterday we were at Burger King and saw the guy in the kitchen not wearing a mask at all. And today I was at a grocery store and saw an employee leave the restroom without washing her hands! Makes you shake your head and wonder.

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  7. I’m claustrophobic, in addition to which, I get dehydrated easily so I have to hydrate a lot, especially in summer when I can get sunstroke. I have to take it off a lot anyway to hydrate. I can’t wear on while driving. My car is the size of most people’s tote bags so (cramped space) + (mask) = no. I keep a box of masks in my car for that reason. Masks actually help my anxiety. I usually go outside with my face shielded in some way, so having a mask means my face is mostly covered.

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  8. We have to wear them when we go out here too. So when I get out of the car to go into a store, I put it on. When I get back in the car, I take it off. I don’t like wearing it either, but if it keeps me and all those around me safe, then I’m doing it. Besides, we have to wear them in stores etc. so there’s no choice. I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the mask. Can I suggest a little CBD for the anxiety? You could take a gummy before going out and that would help ease the anxiety. Just a thought…

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  9. ♡ My AutoImmune System Works just fine; especially after these latest Intense Energy Bursts which We Accept or Reject

    …♡♡♡…

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  10. I’d suggest trying a mask that ties behind your head vs hangs on your ears – you can adjust it better, I think. You could also (once you find the mask you prefer) try wearing it at home, for maybe 5 minutes, several times a day, and work up to a little more time – this way you’d get more accustomed to the feel but knowing it’s a safe environment and you can remove it if you can’t stand it. I didn’t like the feel of something on my face at first, and it made me panicky even to think of it, but – I want to be alive to get to know my first grandchild who will be born any day now. I remind myself of that, and also, that everyone else I encounter has a reason for wanting to stay healthy and I need to try to do my part, small as it is. By the time I go through this though process it seems to calm me (I guess I’ve distracted myself). I now am finding I am taking the mask for granted once I get it on and get past the first 5 minutes. Also I made several masks to match the color of my outfits. Dumb detail, but I like the mask better when I think it looks nice…

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      1. I made mine, masks, I mean, maybe someone around you might be able to do that or you could look on the internet. Or, I could make some, let me know. You are are right about the grandchild. A wonderful thing happening in our family, a scary time to be born in, but, I am optimistic and have hope, even here in the dark times, that maybe new voices including hers someday will speak to make a better world. I really feel, despite it all, we have an opening here to do so.

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      2. No, no pics, I don’t believe in it for children on the internet, and it would be up to her parents to do that if they want. But…I made a couple of knitted blankets for her. I will show them when she gets here. Any day now!

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  11. happily I don’t have your problems although I admit wearing a mask is uncomfortable and very hot. It must be very difficult for you. For the moment it seems one of the few ways we can start to return to normal life

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  12. I wear a mask any time I go into a public place, and I also practice social distancing. The only drawback is that my eyeglasses sometimes fog up. I appreciate your concerns because they are health-related.

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  13. ♡ An AutoImmune System Trumps a “Mask”; ironically I have Seen Parents wearing “masks” with Kids NOT!!! wearing “masks” who have clearly had a TANTRUM!!! when being FORCED!!! to WEAR A MASK!!! and Let Off; hmmm 😂🤣😅😆😁😄😃😀🙂

    …♡♡♡…

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  14. There are different types of masks so you might find it helpful to try different ones. I posted about them here but I’m not sure if it’ll help – https://invisiblyme.com/2020/06/25/coronavirusmasks/

    The surgical ones I don’t much like. They don’t stay up and the ears ping off. Totally useless in my opinion, at least for me.

    I use the 3M N95 masks. They do take some getting used to. There are also these JSP ones I’ve got that have an adjustable head strap so you could get them a tad looser, but they’re actually quite itchy. So yes, I’d recommend 3M from an effective safety perspective, but because they’re so good and close fitting, they can get claustrophobic. I try to limit the time I’m wearing them. I now use the ones with the valve, knowing that I don’t have the virus and still socially distance. I just find them a little bit more pleasant with breathing (I also have bronchiectasis and lung scarring, along with sinus issues so breathing isn’t the easiest). I breathe only through my mouth with the mask on, and try to work on calming and focusing when I go out to ease the anxiety a little. xx

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  15. I hate the horrible things, but I think we’ll have to wear them for a while yet, so it’s just something I’m having to accept. I keep reminding myself that my grandparents’ generation had to lug great big gas masks around with all through the Blitz, so I can cope with a little face mask. Even if it does ride up every time I lean over to look at something in a shop, making it difficult for me to look properly!

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    1. Yeah, I never thought about having to wear gas masks, that would be much worse! Mine slips down constantly, so I don’t have the issue with it covering my eyes, although since I wear glasses, they can get fogged up from the mask.

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  16. Maranda, there is an inner wire on my masks that goes over the bridge of the nose, making it fit better. I wear glasses too, but they don’t fog up. If the face shields are legal where you live, that might me the best solution. You have a very good discussion going on here! Take care. Cheryl

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