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Woman cuts hole in her face mask: ‘Makes it a lot easier to breathe’

A woman attempted to solve the problem of difficulty in breathing with face masks by cutting a hole right in the middle of one.

But during this time of a health crisis, when it is vital to cover one’s mouth and nose to avoid spreading and contracting the coronavirus, her act becomes no laughing matter.

A store clerk from Kentucky, the United States named Joe Samaan documented his interaction with the woman who made the supposed innovation, via his TikTok video last Friday, May 1.

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“So this girl’s coming in with her mask on, you all need to see this,” he said.

Samaan was standing behind the counter when the woman came. After paying her dues, Samaan asked the woman where she got her mask.

“Well since we have to wear them and it makes it hard to breathe, this,” she said, pointing at the mask with the hole. “Makes it a lot easier to breathe.”

Samaan clarified from the woman her statement by asking, “[By] cutting it?” The woman affirmed.

“Yeah, sure, I’ll do that too,” Samaan said. “Thanks for the advice.”

Samaan was apparently working his shift at a local food mart when the woman came in to pay for her gas, Daily Mail reported last Monday, May 4.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged all its citizens to wear face masks in public. The state of Kentucky now has over 5,900 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as per the state’s Department of Public Health.

In the Philippines, wearing any type of face mask to prevent the virus’s spread is now also mandatory when going outdoors. Masks may be earloop masks, indigenous, reusable or do-it-yourself (DIY) masks, face shields and handkerchiefs. JB


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