Top 5 Reasons Why Kenyans Wear Facemasks On Their Chins

By Virginia Mwangi / June 6, 2020 | 11:49 am



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While not wearing a facemask will land you in trouble, it should be noted that the art of wearing a mask is new to Kenyans. This can be seen by how Kenyans wear masks by covering either their thin, thin, and mouth against the required covering of mouth, nose, and chin.

But why are Kenyans finding it hard to keep the masks on properly

Sight impairment

While wearing a mask one exhales warm air into the eyes, which generates uncomfortable feeling and the itch to touch your eyes. At this point, if your hands are infected, one will be infected one.  One should resist the temptation to touch stairs rail, elevator button, packages, and door handles where germs thrive.

Uncomfortable

The uncomfortable nature of having the masks over a prolonged period has seen people pull off the mask to breathe. The material used such as cotton trap moisture that build up from breathing and sweating

Ensure the mask is not tight to restrict breathing but not saggy to avoid respiratory droplets from coming in or escaping.

Glass Fogging

While breathing out, the warm air normally disperses into the air. While wearing a mask, the air rises up the eyes into the glasses thus fogging them. When you exhale warm air without wearing a mask, it dissipates into the atmosphere. When you do it wearing a mask, it tends to shoot straight up into your bifocals, fogging them up. The best way around this is to ensure the nose area is the tight and lower part around the chin is to lose to redirect warm exhaled air from your eyes.

Social distance

With the use of masks during conversation becoming difficult, most people find themselves moving closer to each other to be able to communicate. The volume of speech and quality is compromised with the mask on hence the unconsciously moving closer. This has made people pull off the mask while conversing.

Dirty Facemasks

While most people reuse their masks more than once, proper hygiene is needed. Facemasks are meant to prevent the spread of germs not be the source of germs.

Due to dirty masks worn by people, the uncomfortable smell coming from them makes people lower them to chin unless they spot a police officer and immediately pull it up. One needs to avoid touching the face, nose, mouth, and eyes while removing masks and preferably sanitize hands prior.

Proper wearing of masks needs to be accompanied by social distance, washing of hands and frequent disinfecting of commonly touched surfaces.

While some feel being at a distance is safe enough, they end up pulling the mask to their chin to talk or due to uncomfortable in breathing. Masks should not be used to under 2-year-old children or people who are unconscious, incapacitated who are unable to remove them without assistance

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