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mxh0471
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USA
43 Posts

Posted - May 23 2020 :  07:05:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have found the paper masks are almost impossible for folks like us to breathe through. Has anybody found a mask that is easyier to breathe through? If you have where do we get them? Thanks...Mike

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Sandy9s
Senior Member

USA
543 Posts

Posted - May 23 2020 :  09:48:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike -- I am sure "with you" on this one! We have the blue cloth surgical masks, very thin. I cannot breathe well through these either! Even with my oxygen on underneath the mask! I tried to walk from the car to the Eye Center with both oxygen and mask and it was almost impossible to get my breath! When I reached the building, I had to lift up the mask from my mouth to breathe! The walk was only about 25 feet....very close to the door.

I read an article about wearing masks and it specifically said everyone should wear one unless a person has a restrictive airway disease! That's us!! It's too hard to breathe without a mask, letalone putting a layer of anything in front of our mouths!

This needs to be addressed by the CDC.

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Sandy9s
Senior Member

USA
543 Posts

Posted - May 23 2020 :  09:54:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just entered the CDC.gov website -- and then under Questions and Answers "cloth face masks," I found: "Face masks should not be used on a child younger than two years of age, those with trouble breathing, or etc. etc. etc." Guess this answers our question, Mike.

If I can't breathe with the mask on, I will take it off.

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mxh0471
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USA
43 Posts

Posted - May 23 2020 :  10:45:08 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Unfortunately it is the law in Michigan, to go into retailer, including gas stations, everyone must wear a mask.

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Dave-OH
Administrator

USA
4314 Posts

Posted - May 23 2020 :  12:41:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have surgical and cloth masks. And my FEV1 is about 37%. I have no problem as long as I pace myself. sometimes I move the mask way a bit, but I can tolerate the mask for a while.

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Sandy9s
Senior Member

USA
543 Posts

Posted - May 23 2020 :  4:30:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If a person cannot breathe with the mask on, due to restrictive airway disease, so does not wear a mask, I pretty much doubt that this person will be fined or thrown in jail for disobeying the mask regulations of the State.

Common sense MUST PREVAIL!!! If you can't breathe with the mask on, don't wear it!!!! Plain and simple! Having an oxygen tank with you should be a pretty telltale sign that you have some sort of lung disease, right!!!
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jmrommes
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Posted - May 23 2020 :  6:06:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just to play devil's advocate, remember the point of the mask is to protect others, not to protect you. If you go out without a mask, have the virus, use your O2 and spread the virus to however many people you come in contact with, how is that different from deliberately giving someone HIV? I understand that that's not what you're advocating, but if that's the result........ This is made even more difficult because until you're tested, no one knows whether they have the virus or not, and the tests aren't always accurate.

We know that people who use O2 for whatever reason have gotten the virus and are not all symptomatic or have had very mild cases, so the scenario I described is possible. For all I know I carry the virus. I don't think so; I haven't had any of the symptoms, but who's to say I'm not asymptomatic? Until I'm tested I won't know. The President has made it very clear that state rules trump federal ones in matters relating to COVID-19, so it probably doesn't matter what the CDC says in regard to masks.

So for the time being, I'll wear a mask. I use a loosely tied bandanna that it a good deal more forgiving than a mask that fits tightly across the nose and under the chin. If I pace myself, use my O2 and breathe through my nose only, I usually do ok, like Dave.

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mxh0471
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USA
43 Posts

Posted - May 23 2020 :  6:21:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks folks.... I think you all gave me my answer... I will pace myself to get the job done. :) Mike

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frogahern
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USA
7 Posts

Posted - May 24 2020 :  08:50:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I just use a face shield. It makes breathing much easier and it is acceptable most everywhere. It is more expensive than a mask but not by much. Try it..You will like it! Mike
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SteveinMechanicsburg
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125 Posts

Posted - May 24 2020 :  2:26:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Of course you do not have to wear a mask. But if you chose not to, do not also go into a private business and insist on not wearing one there.
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Jocopd
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USA
224 Posts

Posted - May 24 2020 :  8:34:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Double standards all over. I asked my pulmo doctor last year if I could wear a paper mask to help keep out the smell of the neighbors burning trash. He told me I was crazy and would not be able to breath.

I make my appt for next month and am told I have to wear a mask in the office.
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gms
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USA
114 Posts

Posted - May 24 2020 :  9:36:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Jocopd

Double standards all over. I asked my pulmo doctor last year if I could wear a paper mask to help keep out the smell of the neighbors burning trash. He told me I was crazy and would not be able to breath.

I make my appt for next month and am told I have to wear a mask in the office.




Went to see my doctor last week and was told about the mask requirement. Told them I couldn't breathe with one on... no problem they said, just call when I'm in the parking lot and they would call me back when it was my turn to go in. 10 min later they called and I walked right in to the exam room. When I was done with the Doctor the normal checkout procedure was done in the exam room and I walked out of the office thru the employee exit.
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