Health & Fit This Face Mask Claim Is Going Viral—and It's 100 Percent Wrong
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As parts of the nation appear to struggle with what seems to be the relatively easy task of wearing a mask, a raft of YouTube videos has cropped up promoting a very specious, irresponsible, and plainly false myth about the dangers of wearing a mask. So, does the prolonged use of COVID-19-related face masks cause health problems due to breathing in too much carbon dioxide? The answer is no.
According to a media watchdog, videos that have warned viewers about the breathing dangers of wearing a mask are going viral and have received a combined total of at least 700,000 views on Youtube. The videos have also been shared on Facebook, getting a combined total of more than 400,000 engagements as of July 6.
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As most conspiracy theories go, there is an ounce of truth that leads to the believability in this myth. Breathing too much carbon dioxide is, in fact, dangerous for the body. And anyone with preexisting respiratory illnesses should be aware of issues that may come with prolonged use of tight-fitting masks.
But as fact-checking sitemakes clear, "people wearing cloth or surgical masks are in little to no danger of breathing in unhealthy amounts of carbon dioxide." The World Health Organization even on this viral myth noting "The prolonged use of medical masks can be uncomfortable. However, it does not lead to CO2 intoxication nor oxygen deficiency. "
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The ubiquitousin public has, like everything else in this hyper-partisan time, has become political. So let's establish the evidence that universal mask-wearing is an effective way to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak and safely reopen a US economy cratered by shelter-at-home from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
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