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How Can the ADA Help Me If I Have Asthma or Allergies?

AAFA Community Services ·
Does the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) apply to you if you have asthma or allergies? Yes, it can, in many situations at work and at school. The ADA is a federal civil rights law. And asthma and allergies are usually considered disabilities under the ADA. This law gives people with disabilities the right to ask for changes where policies, practices or conditions leave you out or put you at a disadvantage. Public companies and places must give people with disabilities full access to...
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Lois ·
My problem with the cloth masks is they all produce lint and I do not want to breathe in lint. I have tried washing and lint rolling them but can't get out all the lint. i tried a surgical mask type but it was not ASTM and even though it is paper, it also produces lint like fibers and I cannot wear it. Is there anywhere i can get true ASTM surgical masks? Any other suggestions?
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LoriC ·
I am unable to wear a mask due to my asthma! Some stores will not allow a person to shop if they don't wear a mask! They want to know why & if I say medical, they ask what my medical issue is and if I have proof of the medical issue! I politely tell them that is between me and my Dr. and is against the ADA & HIPPA! They don't care and say that it is the policy! I would like to know if anyone else has encountered this discrimination and how you handled it!
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Lois ·
I understand your frustration. I can't wear any masks so far (still looking for something I can tolerate) You're right, we shouldn't have to carry around our diagnoses on our sleeve. I've given up on any expectation of privacy any more. I suppose the clerks are just trying to do their jobs and have something to tell their supervisors, and maybe feel as safe as possible themselves. They probably would accept a brief "asthma" and a display of an inhaler. Or you could try launching into a long...
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Rudy ·
I just read about a steroid called Dexamethasone being touted as a possible aid in the coronavirus. What do you know about people who are on steroids already having some benefit from them. I am currently on prednisone and was wondering if that would offer any help. Sent from Mail for Windows 10
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BenR ·
@LoriC try talking to the stores managers before hand call . Perhaps they can open the store early for you or shop for you . Unfortunately it’s policy and essential employees are trying to protect their health . Also other patrons are trying to do the same . At my job we had passengers who knew they were waiting on a pending Covid test and still got on a plane anyway without a mask . Every situation is not going to be perfect or to your liking but many are in the same boat as you .
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Kathy P ·
Great tips Ben! Especially practicing wearing the mask at home and build up to a longer duration. I've seen this suggested particularly for special needs kids with sensory issues. I'm finding that the fit of the mask is most important for me. It can't press on my nose and I need a mask that is more shaped and suck in against my face as I inhale.
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BenR ·
As an essential worker who wears there mask all day here are some tips it’s important to practice wearing the mask before hand . Try it at home in AC . Take small breaks by yourself in a spot where you don’t have to wear a mask . Communicate with your employer and coworkers . Don’t just assume that it’s just you that might have a problem. Keep in mind that wearing masks all day may cause migraines like I get . So have a plan with that ready to go as well . Also try on the masks you plan to...
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Kathy P ·
Welcome @Larabe ! That's great that you found a fabric and style combo that works for you. Quilter's cotton and t-shirt material are great choices.
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Larabe ·
The WHO recommendations for types of material for face mask coverings are ill-advised. Have you noticed how many people have pulled their masks down to uncover their noses, or even pulled them down under their chins? It is because they cannot breathe through them. One must use breathable fabrics for a homemade face mask. Fabrics such as cotton, and not polyester or polypropylene. The CDC RECOMMENDS COTTON. On jennifermaker.com, she uses tightly woven quilter’s cotton and heavy duty cotton...
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MaddieJ ·
@LoriC @Lois Hi! I have moderate to severe asthma controlled on medication and also work at a high volume business where I am working almost constantly. I have found two types of masks work for me (cotton cloth and nylon with an additional cotton cloth layer). Being high risk and considered essential I would prefer you and others wear a mask because it puts me, other people who are high risk, or their families are high risk at ease. Considering you are high risk I would not want you to come...
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AAFA Community Services ·
We updated this blog post on Aug. 6, 2020, to include studies on how masks may prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and lessen severity of symptoms.
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Pete ·
my sister bought a mask with fans in it and it allowed her to commute without heat building up or getting sweaty. Although its a bit big on her face she can breathe comfortably now. the blue masks were driving her nuts.
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Pete ·
she says its called a Koolmask and she thinks its new.
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Compton ·
Welcome @Pete ! Is that an adaptation of a pre-Covid product or something new?
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AAFA Community Services ·
We updated this blog post on Aug. 13, 2020, to include information on types of face masks or coverings that aren't effective at preventing the spread of the new coronavirus.
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Compton ·
Thanks for the name of the new mask with fans @Pete I was able to find their website and get my questions answered. Is your sister still happy with it after a few weeks+ usage?
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Jennsita ·
I had to wear a mask for hours on Wednesday. Now it is Friday. My ribcage still hurts. But I am afraid to be without a mask. I am afraid of fines and assault. People have threatened me. People say, (Real Loud) "People without masks should be drug out and shot." I have begged our politicians to say something. I have tripled my asthma meds. I get my groceries delivered. This year needs to end.
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Compton ·
I am so sorry that happened @Jennsita . The AAFA community will know what you're talking about and will support you as best we can in this 2020 challenge. Would you be willing to share your thoughts in Having breathing issues while wearing a face mask where we can have a longer conversation. Hang in there and hugs from us all.
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DeannaBu ·
I am currently battling my employer over my asthma. I am dealing with constant issues of my mask not being worn well enough. It came to a head when I had to remove it to use my inhaler and wasn't wearing it in the office. I was still maintaining social distancing in a office with less than 10 people and keeping more than 8 feet apart, but it wasn't good enough. I think I'm going to have to quit because the pressure is giving me anxiety attacks on top of my asthma.
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Compton ·
Welcome, DeannaBu.That's a most frustrating situation to find yourself in. I hope some AAFA community members can support you as you figure things out. There's a conversation at Having breathing issues while wearing a face mask where people are talking about work pressures. Would you share your thoughts there?
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BenR ·
@DeannaBu I’m sorry that you have to go through this . As someone with primary Ciliary Dyskinesia and also allergic asthma, migraines, I understand completely. But also as an supervisor for a government agency part of my requirements are to make sure compliance of PPE, masks . It certainly is an interesting time that we are right now but it takes all stakeholders to come to a solution. At my job we require mask use pretty much at all times . We also social distance. Even with social...
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What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AAFA Community Services ·
Update – Feb. 12, 2021 We updated this blog post to include updated face mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Face masks have become essential tools in our fight against COVID-19 (the new coronavirus) . But wearing a face mask raises many questions for people with asthma . Why Do We Need to Wear Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic? Physical distancing (also known as social distancing) helps slow the spread of COVID-19. So why do we need to wear face...
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Compton ·
Welcome Hawk. It's good to have you join the conversations at the AAFA community. Perhaps you'd like to extend the discussion in the Asthma Support forum as a new topic?
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Hawk ·
I have 3 year old twins. Both were preemies. Both have had breathing issues. 1 coughs after activities, when the air is dry, or when she's sick. My twins are the people society needs to protect. All this talk of protecting the weak & vulnerable of society... what about kids like mine? To put a mask on them is child abuse. It's absurd "health experts" are forcing me to cover their airways. Where is the AAFA on this? Why aren't you fighting for people with asthma to be allowed to breathe...
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