A local paramedic says breathing in the summer heat could be a challenge while wearing a protective face mask during the pandemic, especially for those with underlying respiratory conditions.

AMR paramedic Matthew Hlavna says heat-related emergency calls have already begun to increase as the first official week of summer kicked off Saturday.

“We exhale hot air, so with the mask on, we’re exhaling it, but then we’re re-inhaling it so it’s just going to make your body that much more prone to [a] heat-related emergency because we’re breathing in that hot air,” Hlavna says.


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