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Heat safety tips during a pandemic

Keeping cool, staying protected against COVID-19
Posted: 6:52 PM, May 31, 2021
Updated: 2021-06-01 10:13:38-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — For the first time in Kern County history, the county is heading towards a heat wave, while also under pandemic conditions. So 23ABC wanted to know how you can stay safe from both the heat and the coronavirus.

So, we took a deeper dive and found some pandemic heat safety tips on the website "".

First of all - despite what you may hear - exposing yourself to the sun or to high temperatures does not protect you from COVID-19.

Second - be sure to have several clean masks to use in case your mask becomes wet or damp from sweat and wash masks regularly.

Third - during extreme heat, use a cloth mask that has breathable fabric, such as cotton, instead of polyester.

And finally - it's ok to remove a mask, especially if temperatures are high and you feel overheated.

You can find more heat safety information here.