Well, this is all rather embarrassing.
Ever since lockdown was lifted here in Delhi and we were allowed out to exercise, I have been running/walking every day wearing a bandana. I am scrupulous about covering up when I run past other people in the park, and I have taken issue here with people running mask-less.
I wear a buff/bandana and (like most people, I imagine) when there is no one around, I pull the bandana/buff down, then when the next person heaves into view, I pull it up and cover my mouth and nose. And on it goes – bandana up/down/up/down. And repeat.
I feel that I have been a responsible citizen/runner, protecting both myself and other people around me…and yet…
The latest study from Duke University ranks the buff/bandana/neck gaiter as next to useless – here’s the link.
This is worrying, because I have tried running in a 3-layer cloth mask and my glasses steam up & I feel I can’t breathe.
I have run in those light surgical masks, but
(a) I understood we were not to use them, but rather save them for the medical professionals who need them and
(b) they get horrifically soggy after a short time.
For those of you who may not know India, the summers here are brutal – crazily hot and crazily humid. Hence the sogginess of the mask. So they get thrown away and the garbage crisis only gets worse.
I am not using my winter pollution N95 mask with a valve because that was recently deemed no good by the powers that be, since it expels your air, which could be bad for other people.
So the bandana seemed ideal. Lightweight, wash it after every use, quick drying…but not much good, we are now told.
So, what’s the option?
More disposable trash?
Use my N95 & everyone else be hanged?
Or carry on with my bandana?
Oh this wretched, wretched virus. It makes even the healthiest of activities a right royal pain.