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Ardmore pulmonologist encourages face mask use

Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 7:13 PM CDT
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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Friday, every time slot was booked by clients waiting to see Dr. Joel Sabangan with the Pulmonary Medicine Clinic in Ardmore.

As a doctor specializing in pulmonary disease, Dr. Sabangan says his patients often question the use of wearing face masks.

“That’s a complaint I see in a lot of patients is that they can’t breathe through their mask,” said Sabangan. “But if you have asthma or respiratory issues like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, you can have a harder time breathing through your nose or your mouth.”

But for people without respiratory issues, he said wearing a mask shouldn’t cause any major issues.

“If we can prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 by wearing a mask, it’s very effective,” said Dr. Sabangan.

Dr. Sabangan said wearing a mask is the best thing to do to protect yourself and others when going out in public, but only if you put it on and keep it on properly.

Sabangan says people are able to reuse N-95 or surgical masks by placing them inside of a dry paper bag for five to seven days.

“That should give you enough time for the virus to die out and then you can re-wear it or reuse it in one week,” said Dr. Sabangan.

But Sabangan said homemade masks made out of cloth or even paper can help you from catching and spreading COVID-19.

“If we can prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 by wearing a mask, it’s very effective,” said Dr. Sabangan.

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