COVID testing with PPE Mask

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    Katie Merten

    Disposable face masks seem to be easier to breathe in.  Or, see if you can wear a face shield.  Tips include practice wearing it while studying, or for longer periods of time.  

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    Gwendolyn Frank

    I took PDD with a cloth mask and had the same concerns prior. I bought one specifically for the exam that tied behind my head and only rested on my ears so it did not pull on my ears. It also had a seam at the nose to not squish it. I was worried it would be distracting during the long exam but I barely noticed it. I felt like exam jitters won out, and I was way more focused/stressed about the actual exam questions.

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    Nicholas Hubof

    Thanks Gwendolyn!  I took your advice and got a rubber device that pulled the mask bands back off of my ears. Once the test began, I didn't really think about it at all either. Was to stressed to care. LOL

    But got the Pass, so all was worth it!

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    Ralph Hale

    I've been wearing various masks for years doing yardwork in the peak of summer in the humid mid-south due to severe allergies and some asthma; all of the N-95-type masks/respirators I've worn have at least two straps, sometimes with a pressure distribution piece at their midpoints, that go around the back of your head and put basically no pressure on the ears.  Ditto to Gwendolyn's comment.  For anyone else, definitely get one (or modify one) that will keep the straps off your ears.

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