- May 22, 2009
- Platinum 1
I’ve been wearing a surgical mask for 10 hours straight in all of my shifts without any problems. I find the N95 masks at my hospital very uncomfortable after a short period.I don't see an issue with having a requirement to be clean shaven if it is a matter of OH&S compliance so that a mask fits properly. Surgical masks also gape when someone is bearded so not really keeping aerosols in or out. Other occupations require people to keep their nails short, i see no real difference here.
I wore an N95 for just over 4 hours last night at theatre and was perfectly comfortable, whereas i personally find it near impossible to breathe with a surgical mask on and wouldnt have been able to last the distance if I had to wear one. I use a cloth masks when N95 not warranted. Im impressed by any medical worker who manages to wear a surgical mask for any length of time as they are really hot and its really hard to breathe.