Given the current circumstances, at-home workouts is highly suggested in order to contain viral transmission and reduce risk of infections. If exercise is conducted in private or isolation areas, wearing face mask might be unnecessary. 

In spite of the consistency in the recommendation that people should wear face masks as a daily habit,  wearing a mask during conducting physical activities or exercise might potentially cause negative impacts to the body.

Since a face mask usually covers the mouth and nose, wearing a face mask while exercising may limit ventilation and impair oxygen levels, causing breathing difficulties, shortness of breath and chest tightness. However, respiratory effects generated by wearing a mask vary among individuals, depending on personal conditions, intensity level of exercise and the types of masks.

The important preventive measure during exercise is to maintain physical distance of at least one metre from others,”

The prolonged use of medical masks when properly worn, did not cause Carbon dioxide (CO2) intoxication nor oxygen deficiency.

It is noted that the prolonged use of medical masks could be uncomfortable.

“While wearing a medical mask, make sure it fits properly and that it is tight enough to allow you to breathe normally.

“Do not re-use a disposable mask and always change it as soon as it gets damp.

“Medical masks (also known as surgical masks) are flat or pleated; they are affixed to the head with straps or have ear loops,” it said.

It maintained that the likelihood of COVID-19 being spread on shoes and infecting individuals was very low.

“As a precautionary measure, particularly in homes where infants and small children crawl or play on floors, consider leaving your shoes at the entrance of your home.

“This will help prevent contact with dirt or any waste that could be carried on the soles of shoes,” it said.


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