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The new normal: wearing a face mask at work

OHSA says a face mask has to be a covering that interferes with droplet transmissions from the mouth.

Posted: Jun 11, 2020 6:36 PM

ROGUE VALLEY, Ore -- Imagine having to wear a face mask eight hours a day, five days a week. That's what some people are having to do.

"It's definitely an adjustment," said Mina Devore. She works at Louis in Ashland. "The hardest part about having a mask on is when we are outside working, it's hotter sometimes." said Tom Dubois. He is the General Manager at Louis in Ashland. 

Doctors and researchers studying face masks during this pandemic say masks, even homemade ones, are helping reduce the transmission of the virus. Regardless if people are showing symptoms. "I've gotten some comments. People are happy about it." said Devore.

Wearing a mask for eight hours a day does take some getting use to. For one, it can muffle what people are saying. Dubois says it took some time to adjust. "We slow things down, enunciate better and I think our staff has adjusted really, really well to that." said Dubois. "I would say once it's on for an hour you get use to it." said Devore. 

"Wearing it for eight hours is not the funniest. For me, knowing I'm keeping our people safe, our clients, my staff and everyone else safe is worth it to me." said Meghan DeAngelo. She is the owner and also a stylist at Lotus Hair Body and Soul. Hair salons are another place where everyone is wearing a mask, even the clients during a hair cut. "It's actually super easy." said DeAngelo.

DeAngelo says it's actually easy to shampoo, cut and color someone's hair with a mask on. "Just take one ear off at a time and do around the ears. Then put it back on." 

She says there is one major con clients go through when getting a haircut with a mask on. It's something we've all experienced even without a mask on. "I think the most annoying part is if you get cut hair inside your mask." said DeAngelo. 

 

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