The COVID-19 pandemic has changed almost every part of our lives. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing a mask, covering the nose and mouth, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Wearing a mask is required or recommended to enter most businesses. A mask is also recommended when within 6 feet of others.
Is It Safe to Wear a Mask While Driving?
There has not been a blanket requirement to wear a mask while driving a vehicle. In many circumstances, it could be quite dangerous.
Masks can shift on the face and cause it to obscure the vision of the wearer. Fidgeting with a mask while driving can be a dangerous distraction.
There have been some concerns that wearing a mask continuously can have a negative impact on oxygen level. The wearer might get too much carbon dioxide from exhaling, and not enough oxygen from inhaling. The phenomena can cause similar symptoms to intoxication or unconsciousness. Sitting in a vehicle with less movement of air than outside may add to the problem.
Some Drivers are Keeping Their Mask On
There are several drivers who find it easier to wear a mask while they are driving. Some of these drivers are out running multiple errands that are close to each other. This includes multiple stops at retail establishments and drive-thru windows. Delivery drivers can also be observed wearing their mask continuously or periodically wearing it on their chin.
Taking the mask on and off repeatedly can be annoying. Some people might find it just as easy to keep their mask on between stops.
Extra Time Needed to Stay Safe During COVID-19
In some areas, waiting in line, spaced 6 feet apart, and wearing a mask has been required just to enter a grocery store. Grocery aisles have become one-way. Many tasks take longer than they used to. We have made many changes in our lives to accommodate virus related safety requirements.
Schedule enough time to identify and comply with COVID-19 requirements at all stops. Remove your mask while driving to prevent distraction, shifting of the mask, and breathing difficulties.
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