OCHD OFFERS IMPORTANT HEALTH & SAFETY TIPS FOR WEARING MASKS
Wearing face coverings outdoors can be challenging in the heat
It’s hot and humid; you’re sweltering; your glasses are fogging up and your face covering is soaked with sweat. How can I stay cool, see through my glasses, and still keep myself and others safe when my mask is making it difficult to breathe or is succumbing to the sticky elements?
It’s not been an easy task to get everyone on board with wearing facemasks and now throw the summer heat and humidity into the mix and it becomes more of a challenge. Especially now since masks are mandated in New Jersey even outdoors when social distancing measures are not feasible.
“All of those issues are challenging to many of us, the fogging up of glasses and sunglasses, some have breathing issues, and the most common concern is the heat,” said Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator/Health Officer. “But don’t let the inconveniences get you down and discourage you from wearing a mask – it’s just too important at this point in the pandemic.”
“We’ve come a long way since the start of this pandemic,” added Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health. “To stop wearing a mask at this point would only disrupt the progress we’ve been making. So many residents have been doing their part by following the protocols and we need to stay the course.”
The OCHD has some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that may offer some help:
“Find the mask and fit that’s perfect for you,” Regenye advised. “It may take a little experimentation but it’s certainly well worth it. Recent studies confirm that masks do work by mitigating the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. And right now it’s the best defense we have next to social distancing and health officials believe it has certainly made a positive impact.”
For more information regarding masks and other COVID-19 guidelines and data please visit the OCHD website at www.ochd.org. The OCHD is also providing a general COVID-19 Information Call Hot Line for residents and clinicians to answer questions regarding the coronavirus. The number is 732-341-9700 ext. 7411.
The NJDOH (NJPIES) hotline is available for questions around the clock at 1-800-222-1222 or by dialing 2-1-1. Other related sources; for medical COVID-19 questions call 1-800-962-1253 (24/7) or Text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive alerts.
Additional information can be found at:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at
or New Jersey Department of Health website at: