The coronavirus pandemic has been a scary time for everyone as we learn to cope with the “new normal” of developing information about the virus, meticulous hand washing and, of course, the introduction of our new favorite accessory: the face mask. The situation got very personal for Pink earlier this year when she revealed she and her 3-year-old son both tested positive for COVID-19 — and since, along with discovering more about her son’s health journey, she has become an outspoken advocate for people wearing their masks according to expert guidelines and, you know, being a responsible human being.
As mask-wearing has become a bit of a culture war topic — with people making bogus “mask exemption cards” claiming they are medically exempt from wearing a mask — it’s understandable that the topic would be one the celebrity mama would be heated about. Particularly because, as she noted in a recent instagram post, that she has asthma (which can make it hard to breathe in general) and was completely okay wearing not one but two masks at a time.
“I have asthma and I’m wearing TWO masks,” the singer wrote in a caption on instagram. “I’m breathing fine and I’m not a selfish idiot! WEAR A MASK ITS NOT THAT HARD.”
For the most part, there shouldn’t be too much of an issue for individuals with asthma wearing masks, as Pink notes. These coverings are recommended to protect people from potentially catching the virus or any germs from the wearer (who may or may not be symptomatic — so, at least at the moment, it is wise to just behave with the caution and consideration that you might be carrying the virus).
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA),there are cases where individuals with asthma that is extreme or not well-controlled might experience discomfort while wearing their face covering.
“For people with very mild asthma or well-controlled asthma, it’s probably not going to be an issue,” Dr. David Stukus, member of the Medical Scientific Council for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) said in a blog post for the org. “For people who have very severe disease and have frequent exacerbations, ER visits, hospitalizations, require lots of medications and frequent symptoms, it might cause more issues for those folks.”
The organization also notes that it’s especially important for people living with asthma to keep it under control by taking their prescribed medicines and keeping their doctor in the loop if breathing becomes so difficult that you can’t wear your mask.
As the pandemic continues in the U.S. and the summer mood leaves a lot of people being lax about their mask responsibilities, it is still important for all of us to take precautions to make sure we can follow the safety guidelines to better protect ourselves. And that does mean wearing your mask when out in public or considering the additional steps you need to take to be able to reduce risk to others and yourself.
Make Pink proud, y’all.
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