Healthy people wearing face masks to protect from the C-19 coronavirus disease may not be a good idea, says a health expert. As it puts one at an increased risk of contracting the virus.
Dr. Jenny Harries, England’s deputy chief medical officer, has warned that it was not a good idea for the public to wear facemasks as the virus can get trapped in the material and causes infection when the wearer breathes in.
Further, she added that behavioral issues could adversely put themselves at more risk of getting the infection. For instance, people go out and do not wash their hands, they touch parts of the mask or their face, and they get infected.
Masks are recommended for those showing symptoms of a disease, if they are sick, or they have tested positive for C-19 since these are designed to prevent the virus from coming out.
The harmful effects of wearing a mask
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a gas the body naturally produces as waste. We breathe in oxygen (O2) to fuel organs and tissues and the end product is CO2. The balance between these 2 gases is required for a healthy body.
But, when we rebreathe CO2 it can have harmful and sometimes dangerous effects on the body. When CO2 levels are elevated in the body it is known as hypercapnia.
Hypercapnia can occur for a number of reasons, 1 of which is rebreathing our own exhaled CO2.
Rebreathing CO2 can lead to increased blood pressure, headaches, muscle twitches, rapid heart rate, chest pain, confusion, and fatigue.
In extreme cases, if left untreated, hypercapnia can lead to organ damage and even have long standing effects on the brain.
Knowing a little and/or having incomplete information about CO2 and face masks can be both embarrassing and or misleading if one wants to suggest CO2 and face masks are a problem.
The CDC and WHO both use phrases like “Ok for most people” or “probably Ok depending on time”, but, breathing your own CO2 all day is not such a good thing.
The complexity of this can be found by reading some research in the Jour of Biological Engineering by Arthur Johnson published in Y 2016 with specific reference to respirators.
The long and short of it is wearing a mask on the job all day is not healthy.
Both the CDC and WHO are now saying healthy people should not wear a mask.
The politics of wearing masks
To wear a mask in public is now a political statement in a culture war over containing C-19.
The mask is visual shorthand for a debate pitting those following medical malpractice health official’s guidance Vs those of us who feel it violates our freedom or buys into an overblown threat.
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