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Use of Face Masks May Increase Risk of Heatstroke

Use of Face Masks May Increase Risk of Heatstroke

   Tokyo, May 18 (Jiji Press)--With temperatures going up in many areas in Japan, there are growing concerns that wearing face masks as a measure to prevent infection with the novel coronavirus may increase the risk of heatstroke.
   Some experts warn people to take extra precautions this year, saying that covering their faces with masks will prevent their bodies from releasing heat, while others say that the use of face masks is unlikely to raise the risk of heatstroke.
   Recently, many people wear face masks or cover their faces with towels when jogging, as well as walking as an exercise.
   "Wearing a mask will reduce the amount of air entering the lungs, and this will increase the burden on the body as the organs and respiratory muscles start working actively to make up for the reduced air intake, and the heart rate will also increase," Masaaki Sugita, training science professor at Nippon Sport Science University, said.
   When people do exercises, it is necessary to release heat from their bodies. In particular, palms, bottoms of the feet and cheeks tend to get hot.

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