McKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The mask mandate to keep Texans from spreading COVID-19 is coming with some side effects.

Some people who are forced to wear face masks all day in the workplace complain of headaches, shortness of breath and anxiety.

Whether the elastic is too tight or the cloth is too thick, there are a lot of reasons for mask fatigue that people who wear them for long periods are starting to experience.

Nearly three months of wearing a face mask everyday has taken a toll on the women who work at Southern Sisters Salon in McKinney.

Like a lot of workplaces in North Texas, masks are mandatory, but for some of those forced to wear them, they are miserable.

Hair stylist at Southern Sisters Salon wearing a mask (CBS 11).

The salon employees say keeping candy and mints in their mouths helps and they take as many outdoor breaks as possible.

The women who work there say they know masks are necessary for the business to stay open and for now are willing to put up with the discomfort.

“When I have long days, if it’s a 12 hour day, I’m sick when I get home,” said Courtney Warnell. “Sick to my stomach. As soon as the I get in the car I’m pulling it off and I don’t want to do anything else. I just want to go home and be mask-free.

People working not only in salons but also, retailers, restaurants, factories and offices are struggling with mask fatigue, but there’s no end in sight regarding the order to keep them on.

Comments (36)
  1. Outrage Fatigued says:

    I can’t believe you’re trying to evoke sympathy for the “hardship” of wearing a mask. Let them eat cake? There is no shortage of whining in this country.

    1. levy says:

      Using a mask increases chance of getting Covid. That’s why they are pushing masks. You are rebreathing bacteria, viruses, and fungus for extended periods, increasing chance of infection from each type of microbe. In addition, low oxygen from mask wearing creates environment for overgrowth of microbes..
      In early 2000s, CDC said masks don’t help. Why now? They want more deaths to sell a worthless vaccine for a fake virus.
      Anyone can get an oxygen meter to test themselves. And, duh, headaches are due to low oxygen and high CO2 from using masks all day.
      FYI… Doctors are No. 3 cause of death in USA and masks play a big part. Their brains are lacking a requirement, oxygen.

      1. Outage Fatigued says:

        No shortage of idiocy either. Herman Cain thought masks were bogus too.

        So, doctors, nurses, and construction workers have been poisoned all of this time? Would you hang drywall or paint a car without a mask because it’s dangerous for you?

        You are brainwashed and deluded by fake news planted by Russians and Chinese. And comrade “TruthDetector” calls me a sheep.

        You go ahead and roll the dice. I’ll take the minimal risk and discomfort to protect others.

        And no, I’m not a Democrat, I just have common sense.

      2. reckeuph says:

        You need to improve your BS detector. There is no way that wearing a mask increases your chance to get CoVid. And not wearing a mask also increases the chance that, if you do get CoVid, you will pass it on. It’s not just about you.

      3. joanofark06 says:

        Depriving yourself of oxygen, and breathing in your carbon dioxide, for hours, or all day, would make anyone sick!

    2. thatbillguy says:

      As somebody who has worked construction, I promise you that wearing a mask all day causes headaches and fatigue… which is exactly why they don’t wear them all day, just for the immediate task. Also the masks designed for working around dust only filters incoming air and has a valve that lets exhaled air pass, minimizing the re-breathing of carbon dioxide. Nurses and doctors also do not wear them all day long. Those who do complain of similar issues. My source for that is my sister who is a nurse in a busy hospital.

      Most people I see wearing the masks are not even using the PPE properly in the first place. I’d imagine they experience no side effects wearing the mask under their nose or at their chin.

      So wear the mask if you like, but you shouldn’t minimize the experience of others who are having issues.

    3. Outrage Fatigued is either a troll or has an IQ of below 70. If anyone wears a mask for 8 to 10 hours they are going to lower their oxygen intake, leading to headaches and nausea. I can take wearing mine for short periods of time, but feel awful for the workers who have to wear their masks all day long. Outrage Fatigued is a small selfish person who cares nothing about the suffering of others. Show some compassion!

    4. john lee says:

      Cain dies of stage 4 colon cancer, that might have had something to do with it. Please research before you spew lies!!!

    5. Dovecote Manager says:

      Herman Cain thought masks were bogus, and that’s why he’s dead? Is that what you’re implying? Because I thought masks were only to protect other people, not yourself? So why would it matter if he thought they were bogus? Your logic makes no sense, you sound absolutely clueless.

      1. john lee says:

        They want to wear a mask and be a sheep…i guess it is hip now…..

      2. ron says:

        Remember – wearing the mask is NOT to protest oneself….it’s to “protect” or “respect” one’s neighbor…!

    6. Jay says:

      try wearing a mask in a factory where it’s 90+ degrees and you can’t have fans….it’s hell on Earth and scary. I’m all about wearing masks, but this factory stuff is dangerous.

    7. Terry says:

      Please elaborate on your experiences. I work in a hot humid environment and my mask is saturated after a couple of hours.

  2. Bee says:

    As someone who wears a mask for work as well as my wife through this entire thing, can we have a news headline titled….”Mask Fatigue: Some North Texas Workers sick of people whining over masks” ….Yes. It sucks, deal with it and quit whining. Find a mask that fits right? Take a break and step outside for a few minutes? The fact this even turned political just shows how dumb people are and the media needs to quit fueling it.

    1. Eric says:

      It didn’t turn political, there just happens to be a strong break in intelligence along that same line. Some will hear a politician or organization say something and that’s just the facts now. There is no changing their minds (this is exactly how Hitler rose to power). There are others who maybe were mislead at first, or are still mislead, but when presented with the evidence, namely the 3 decades of scientific studies and controlled trials showing masks do not in fact work (at all), will update their belief/views based upon that new information. Unfortunately, you are in that first group, as I see you’re “pro-mask” but I happen to know you couldn’t cite a single study to back it (because they don’t exist). In fact, I’m willing to bet you maybe even googled “Do masks work”, saw the hundreds of headlines from the media saying “YES!”, and called it a day. This is sad for you, and for America, but luckily there are quite a few like me who still think critically, and perhaps one day we will fight back the authoritarian nightmare you lot seem so eager to bring upon us. Best of luck in your endeavors.

  3. Johnny Kay says:

    Masks do not help protect from COVID-19 — it even says that on the box (seriously, on the box) — but wearing a mask for any length of time does increase the risk of bacterial and viral infections, respiratory distress, and a cascade of cognitive and inflammatory damage from a disrupted oxygen/carbon dioxide balance.

    I ask anyone who has worn a mask for any length of time to answer these questions honestly: How does the mask make you feel? Does it make breathing easier, or harder? Do you get a stuffy nose less frequently with the mask, or more frequently? Do you touch your face — a transmission vector for germs — less frequently with the mask, or more frequently?

    Masks are a symbol of submission, of mindless obedience to arbitrary rules — a pledge of allegiance to the official narrative of the coronavirus “pandemic” promoted by the government and the corporate media: “See, I’m a loyal American! I’m doing what I’m told!” I’m not asking any questions!

    The international corporate elite that runs things behind the scenes has taken an illness whose real effect is no more dangerous than the common flu (and probably far less so) and turned it into an excuse for an enormous expansion of government power and an enormous redistribution of resources — literally, trillions of dollars — from the citizens to the corporate elite.

    We have been lied to every step of the way.

    1. Truth Detector says:

      I wish the two sheep who posted before you (Outrage Fatigued and Bee) would read your post. They might learn something……assuming that they even know how to read lol.

  4. Dr Harsh says:

    @Outage Fatigued
    Herman Cain had stage 4 colon cancer. If you are so concerned about masks make sure you are wearing eye sealing goggles also. Your eye absorb your environment as well or better than your nose or mouth.

    1. john lee says:

      You might want to put on a butt mask while your at it…

  5. Scott says:

    Masks are utterly useless. Its extremely sad to see the stupidity of the citizen. Literally 5 minutes of research will prove this without a shadow of a doubt.

    1) Valved masks open up directly to the outside when you exhale, sneeze or cough. Everything is going outside of the idiot mask directly. Its also going out the sides, top and bottom. You are protecting NO ONE with this mask. None. The sheer stupidity….

    2) Masks ONLY filter to .3 microns. Its shocking that no one has bothered to look at this. They are designed to filter out BACTERIA which are .5 microns in size. Virus particles are minute. They range from .06 microns to .12 microns. The mask filter is like a chain link fence to your breath!! They are utterly useless! No mask-surgical or otherwise-filters below .3 microns! THEY DO NOT WORK PEOPLE! Do some basic research! Democrats are outright lying to your face! Call a mask seller/manufacturer-I have-not one will tell you they protect against viruses! This is just basic research! The sheer stupidity….

    3) Cloth masks have holes between the threads of 7000 microns x 7000 microns! You could fit like 49,000,000 CV particles in just one hole. Democrats are LYING. The sheer stupidity……

    4) a mask will stop the few viral particles that attach themselves to water drops larger than .3 microns. Thats it. But there are far more smaller particles that sail right through these idiotic masks and even the larger than .3 microns particles go right around the edges AND GO IN YOUR EYES, and get in your hair, and on your face and on your clothes and YOU WILL TOUCH them and YOU WILL get it in your system. The sheer stupidity……


    Oh and if you get the cold known as CV 99.8% recover after a few days. Just like I did. THERE IS NOTHING TO BE SCARED OF! They are LYING to you.

    600,000 deaths worldwide.
    150,000 deaths in the US…..

    Hmmmm…that doesn’t seem right. I think I will apply logic, reason, common sense and SCIENCE to that.

    Let’s see… 7 billion people. 330 million in the US. That’s 5% of the world population. So obviously the US should account for 5% of deaths. That’s called science. Let’s see if the science is accurate.


    Hmmmm….something’s wrong here. That’s 25% not 5%. It’s Five times more.

    Someone’s lying.

    In fact let’s look at the 150,000 us deaths a little closer.

    The estimate is that 50% of those deaths are in nursing homes as a direct result of democrats forcing positive patients there. What killed them was political policy. Democrat political policy. It’s not fair to attribute those deaths to CV. So let’s subtract that 50%.

    That leaves 75,000 deaths in the US. But we need to look at that a little closer. Yesterday we learned that in Florida alone 3500 of those deaths were actually caused by car accidents, motorcycle accidents, suicides etc. 3500. This is OUTRAGEOUS.
    If you think this is unique to Florida well that’s crazy.

    So let’s be conservative and say that 1000 deaths in each state are complete garbage. That’s 50,000.

    So 75000-50,000 is 25,000.

    25,000 have died. Now that actually matches the 5% population number. Simply applying basic statistics I predicted that there should be about 30,000 deaths as a total in the US. And we find 25,000.

    This is no coincidence. This is simple application of logic, reason and science.


    Now we have to consider something else…..

    The respiratory disease season runs May through May. The counters on CV should have been reset to 0 if people were actually interested in honesty and truth. This alone proves the total nonsense of the entire thing…so….I will reset them anyway to come up with a realistic comparison to other respiratory diseases such as flu. That way we can compare directly….

    Let’s make it easy….let’s just divide the 25,000 deaths in half and attribute each half to last year and this year. Perfectly logical and appropriate.

    Doing that we have 12,500 CV deaths last year and 12,500 CV deaths this year and counting….so,…

    For comparison how many people in the US die from flu each respiratory year? The answer to that is about 50,000 on average….. so….

    Last year 50,000 flu deaths.
    Last year 12,500 CV deaths.

    Hmmmmm…. this is just the science people.

    50,000 will die from flu this year.

    Let’s see how many the total ends up being by next May. So far we are at 12,500 in real numbers.

    This is a total unequivocal lie and hoax.

    Does the truth even matter anymore? Are we all willing to just sit back and be lied to???

    I AM NOT

    1. Johnny Kay says:

      Great post! Thanks.

    2. Vince Lalomia says:

      I am going to print this out so I can have the info to rebuff the mask shamers. Best concise compilation of mask info I’ve seen.

    3. reckeuph says:

      Amazing the amount of misinformation that people throw out as fact.
      Flu is a seasonal illness. Flu season does not run May to May.
      There are more deaths from CoVid in the USA than there were cases of flu during the 2019-2020 flu season. CoVid does NOT appear to be seasonal. Some of the numbers quoted mixed up world numbers and US numbers.
      The average number of flu deaths is not 50,000. In the past ten years flu deaths have ranged from 12,000 to 56,000.
      There are no cases of anyone dying from lack of oxygen or an infection caught from wearing a mask. The germs on the mask are mostly your own germs.
      The reason the advice changed is that the disease was new. The best guess was that it would behave like previous viral diseases. It did not.

      And here is why wearing a mask stops the spread. By the way, it mostly keeps people who are asymptomatic or presymptomatic from infecting others.

      1. Johnny Kay says:

        Does anyone REALLY know somebody who died or was severely ill from the coronavirus?

        Sure, lots of wealthy celebrities — actors, athletes, TV news reporters, politicians — claim to have it and put on a great show of “self-quarantining” to be role models of compliance. Other celebrities relate in great detail how terribly sick they are. Chris Cuomo is the exemplar here — “It was like somebody was beating me like a piñata! It was freaky what I lived through last night, and it may happen again tonight!” — with Brooke Baldwin a close second — “I went to hell and back! It took a full two-week beating on my body!”

        But does anyone know somebody personally who died or was severely ill from the coronavirus? I mean a real person, not someone paid to put on a performance?

      2. Kathleen Roberts says:

        THIS is a recommendation for cloth masks?? They leak, they’re not proven to stop larger droplets, just “likely”, and COVID-19 spreads in small droplets as well as large:

        “Still, ‘although the non-medical masks tested in this study experienced varying degrees of flow leakage, they are likely to be effective in stopping larger respiratory droplets’ from dispersing, the authors wrote in their paper.”

    4. ron says:

      The recovery rate is what they especially do not want broadcast….

    5. Ron Lewis says:

      Here’s one for you, Scott: How many Americans have survived the virus so far? They claim 150,000 deaths, but our population has grown over 700,000 so far this year – after those deaths are subtracted. (the world has gained 45 million so far).

      The virus is simply not an existential threat to humans. It’s impossible. In fact, as a species we’re kicking virus butt, just like we’ve done with every other virus over the centuries – without doing a thing.

      The only questions are, and always have been: how many people will die and how much should society sacrifice the health and well-being of the billions of people who will survive to “try” to save them?

      Darwin would tell you we shouldn’t sacrifice at all, that survival of the fittest is key to survival of a species. There’s a reason those water buffalo stand by and watch the lions eat their friend. Don’t underestimate the value of thinning the herd of its weakest members, so that only the strong reproduce. It’s not like we don’t have enough people already.

      If you believe the government has the right to order healthy people, people who pose no threat to anyone, to wear stupid masks, to go broke, lose their homes, jobs, businesses, savings and their children’s futures, then you should be arguing, instead, for the government to order people to quit drinking, smoking, doing drugs, overeating, and leading the stressful, money-grubbing lifestyles that cause lung disease, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. Those are what are really killing people, and they kill hundreds of thousands of people a year, year after year after year. Focusing on the virus is treating the symptom, not the disease.

    6. m3ss says:

      Is there a reason that tens of thousands of medical professionals have been able to wear these masks for the last 4 months without negative side effects yet these women are falling apart after a week?

      Maybe this has let to do with the masks and more to do with people being selfish and spoiled enough to spend their time complaining about basic safety protocols.

  6. Joe says:

    Just take the mask off then, no headache no anxiety get a grip on the fact that you will get Covid, but be assured if u don’t have a co morbidity your chance of survival is greater than 99 percent

  7. ragu4uragu4u says:

    Working in masks are fine IF you can still breathe in sufficient air to perform your job properly! Sadly, unless one sits all day in cool comfort, this probably won’t happen. I don’t want to here about how people “shoulda, coulda, or woulda” been better off by leading a healthier life style growing up. That’s water under the bridge. We can now get to MARS! Can’t we also make a face covering that keeps bad stuff OUT while allowing needed air IN at levels that are comfortable for everyone? Maybe it IS “Rocket Science”, but I don’t think so.

    1. Ron Lewis says:

      Sure, ragu, it’s “water under the bridge” for the people who are already frail and diseased – but why would we inflict needless deaths and suffering on billions of people (exactly what we’re doing – hopefully, you don’t require me to explain) to save a small percentage of people from their own ugly lifestyle choices? Doncha know those people are going to die soon anyway regardless? Doncha know that you can rack up a few hundred thousand dollars, or more, in hospital bills paid by everyone to save their lives, and they’ll just be smoking, drinking, pounding pizzas, and stressing out over how to live beyond their means, again, as fast as they can?

      I’m sick of losers, whiners, and cowards sniveling under the beds telling me, a healthy guy who makes good lifestyle choices and is willing to accept the consequences of my actions, how to live my life.

  8. Paul Hughes says:

    The only science I need to know is my brain telling me to take off the mask and breathe air before I suffocate. I will wear a shield instead. I am tired if the maskers gaslighting me. I will not starve my body of oxygen. I am a teacher and cannot conduct class nor get enough oxygen wearing a mask for six straight hours. I feel for the little ones who will have to wear them. They will not be getting enough oxygen. Not a good way to learn.

  9. John Wing says:

    Medical Abstract, cited and peer reviewed maybe a little long and complicated but if you read it it answer the question, masks do help.

  10. Paul says:

    They also restrict oxygen from your brain. Am I supposed to ignore the urges to gasp for air all day because of my breathing condition? No one seems to care about our health. Instead we are shamed by the mask gestapo all day. Supposedly, OSHA requires medical exams for those that are required to wear masks all day. To insure that the wearer gets enough oxygen. Have they been overruled by the mask police? I will wear the shield due to my condition and the mask nazis can back off. This is getting ridiculous. How many months will this go on?

    It will be interesting to see how this works out in the schools this fall. How long will it be before teachers and students start complaining about headaches and difficulty breathing? Remember, there are no studies of the effects of long term mask wear. We are the guinea pigs for this now. I will not starve my body of oxygen. That is all the science I need. You wear the mask if you want.

  11. lindaveesado says:

    We see how well wearing masks all the time works in China They still all got it.

  12. Joe Shadwick says:

    Ignoring science already proven by peer reviews of over 100 PHD level doctors that masks are not effective. The CDC testing also concluded the same thing. The mask as a tool of oppression works really really well. Causing anxiety and headaches in people. Our children are about to have the masks in school and will cause irreversible damage to kids. Test your mask with an O2 atmospheric sensor and you will get an alarm so fast it is OBVIOUS they are UNSAFE for workplaces according to a long time OSHA standard of 19.5 %. I spent $120 on a sensor and it does not lie. You buy a sensor and they all are a preset to this standard. On average all masks test at 17.5%. OSHA leaders should get fired! Do not believe anything you hear and only 50% of what you see.

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