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Added benefit of wearing a mask

Apparently, the New York Times reports, allergy symptoms may also be improved in people who wear masks a lot.

This is according to a recent Israeli study on data from 215 nurses who used surgical masks or N95 masks during a two-week period.

Among the 44 nurses with severe allergy symptoms, nearly 40 percent said that they experienced less sneezing, runny nose and stuffy nose when they wore either a surgical or N95 mask.

Among the 91 nurses with moderate symptoms, 30 percent claimed that their symptoms improved when they wore a surgical mask, which rose to 40 percent when they wore an N95, a mask that is obviously a better filter and trapper than a plain surgical mask.

And among the 80 nurses who started the study with mild symptoms, over half felt that their symptoms improved while wearing a surgical or N95 mask.

Given how many of us – guilty, guilty – suffer with significant pollen allergies over the spring and summer and well into fall for some of us, this mask-wearing may be a good thing to keep up even after the pandemic wanes.