Masks

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During this Coronavirus pandemic, face masks that we often see in hospitals and doctors’ offices have become ubiquitous in most peoples daily life. Nowadays, we see masks faces all around these days – in our grocery stores, street walk, gas station, sports stadiums, in our favorite TV shows just to list a few. Yet wearing masks have become great American political debate and partisan divide.

Recently I quoted in my recent short note about the current coronavirus pandemic, despite its horrible outcome in peoples life and their livelihood, but also brought some lasting beneficial changes in our societies and everyday life.

One of the other benefits of this pandemic is people learned to wash their hands got better educated other health, hygiene measure that hopefully would last beyond the pandemic.

Face Marks and Allergies

The New York Times Well column has an interesting piece on how wearing a mask could reduce allergy symptoms? This article caught my eye because of my own susceptibility to seasonal allergies.

The Times reporter Dani Blum writes “While cloth and medical masks do a good job of protecting us from viral particles, studies show masks also can be effective at filtering common allergens, which typically float around in much larger sizes, making them easier to block”.

According to Dr. Purvi Parikh, an allergist and immunologist at N.Y.U. Langone Health, using masks to alleviate allergy symptoms can require a bit of ‘trial and error‘. “But over all, if there’s less pollen going into your nose and mouth, you’re less likely to have an allergy attack.”

According to Dr. Amiel Dror, a physician-scientist at Galilee Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, wearing a mask, in addition to blocking some allergens also makes the air in our nasal cavities warmer and more humid. “We know that dry air and cold air sometimes has the ability to elicit a reaction in the nose. This is an extra benefit of wearing a mask. With all the bad, you can find some good.”