Frozen Masks in Winter

Lisa C. COVID-19, Fun Facts, Settlement & Community News

Wearing a mask outdoors in winter can quickly become very uncomfortable.

The water vapor in your breath constantly moistens your mask as you exhale. The cold winter air will then freeze the water vapor, forming a frozen husk of ice on your mask. When you go back indoors, to a warmer space, the ice will then melt, resulting in a soaked and wet mask.

Moisture breaks down the material of certain types of masks. Wet masks aren’t going to protect you very well.

How to solve this problem?
  • When you are outdoor and social distancing is possible, you can choose not to wear a mask;
  • If social distancing is not possible or you are in a place where wearing a mask is mandatory, you need to prepare extra clean masks on hand.

Word of the Day:

Moisten: to make … slightly wet

Reference: https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca/news/article/how-to-handle-a-frozen-or-frosty-face-mask-this-winter