Health experts including the Center for Disease Control and The World Health Organization have gone back and forth on suggesting people wear face masks as a prevention tool against contracting and spreading COVID-19. What we’re not hearing from healthcare professionals is the extreme health risks associated with wearing a face mask for extended amounts of time.
OSHA defines oxygen-deficient atmospheres as “the leading cause of confined space fatalities.” Of course, this is in regards to a work environment, but applies to enclosed spaces and the wearing of face masks as well.
“While normal atmosphere contains between 20.8 and 21 percent oxygen, OSHA defines as oxygen deficient any atmosphere that contains less than 19.5 percent oxygen, and as oxygen enriched, any atmosphere that contains more than 22 percent.”
Once you start to go below the 19.5% O2, things quickly become troublesome, and at lowered concentrations (starting at approximately 16% O2 by volume), attentiveness and thinking becomes impaired.
The exchange between oxygen and carbon dioxide as described by Merck:
“Oxygenated blood travels from the lungs through the pulmonary veins and into the left side of the heart, which pumps the blood to the rest of the body (see Function of the Heart). Oxygen-deficient, carbon dioxide-rich blood returns to the right side of the heart through two large veins, the superior vena cava and the inferior vena cava. Then the blood is pumped through the pulmonary artery to the lungs, where it picks up oxygen and releases carbon dioxide.”
According to one research scientist working on the Stanford project, John Xu, “N-95 masks are estimated to reduce oxygen intake by anywhere from 5 to 20 percent. That’s significant, even for a healthy person. It can cause dizziness and lightheadedness. If you wear a mask long enough, it can damage the lungs. For a patient in respiratory distress, it can even be life threatening.”
“Their contribution is a new type of protective face mask that extracts and concentrates oxygen from the air to avoid the considerable side effects of oxygen deficiency while preventing the spread of the virus,” the Stanford article states.
What exactly happens to your body when you become oxygen-deficient?
When oxygen levels are too low, your body will react in a number of ways. A person may feel short of breath, weakness or fatigue, loss of coordination, experience mental confusion, nausea, fainting, loss of judgement, or get a headache from hypoxemia (low oxygen in the bloodstream) or hypoxia (low levels of oxygen within the tissues of the body). When your body doesn’t receive the proper amount of oxygen required for organs or tissues to function normally the body reacts by trying to compensate, often speeding up breathing and heart rate.
Perhaps even more remarkable is what oxygen deficiency does to your immune system. With lowered amounts of oxygen, your body has to work much harder to combat parasitic infections, bacterial and viral infections, the common cold or flu, and of course COVID-19 would fall into this category as well.
Oxygen Levels When Wearing Masks Tested:
The CDC has posted an extensive list of different National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-approved face masks on their website tested by National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory research institute, but the list only shows the efficiency of each mask, and no warnings can be found for prolonged use.
“These assessments were developed as an assessment of the filter efficiency for those respirators represented as certified by an international certification authority, other than NIOSH, to support the availability of respiratory protection to US healthcare workers and other workers due to the respirator shortage associated with COVID-19.”
Testing the Effectiveness of Different Styles of Masks:
The CDC does, however, warn of the dangers of self-inoculation, and transferring different respiratory pathogens from the surface of the mask to your eyes or mucus membranes, which would make the face masks pretty useless if the disease can be contracted in these or similar ways.
While wrestling his own black face mask yesterday (which honestly looks more like a pair of women’s thongs), Biden said wearing a mask should be a top priority. Biden also told the CBS-Pittsburgh reporter he would look into federally mandating mask wearing if he were to become president. When asked if he could see himself wearing a mask while being sworn in as president, Biden pulled his mask down to answer no.
FEDERALLY MANDATED MASKS via a Biden presidency, let that sink in.
When testing the efficiency of face masks, you have to take in consideration all the different styles, their manufacturers, and materials used. Here are a few clips of citizens testing some of their differences:
The National Center for Biotechnology Information conducted a study in 2005 on the effectiveness of preventing infections from being passed from the surgeon/doctor/healthcare professional to patients. Their findings show no difference in the rate of infection between masked and unmasked groups.
“Surgical face masks have recently been advocated as a protective barrier between the surgical team and the patient, but the role of the surgical face mask as an effective measure in preventing surgical wound infections is questionable.”
In this World Health Organization graphic we’re taught how to properly put on, use and take off a mask, as well as how to dispose of them after use. Considering most people are reusing their masks, taking them on and off repeatedly throughout the day-especially when eating or drinking, the chances of actually infecting yourself with COVID-19 or other diseases is much higher when you’re constantly touching your face to take the mask on and off, and adjusting them a billion times while you have them on.
The WHO tells us on March 26th, “When used alone, masks can give you a false feeling of protection and can even be a source of infection when not used correctly.”
Two days later, the World Health Organization announces COVID-19 is NOT airborne, but stresses you can be infected if you touch “contaminated surfaces and then touch your eyes, nose, or mouth before washing your hands.” This is important considering how many times you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth while putting on a mask, taking off the mask, and adjusting throughout day. The masks ensure that you’re touching your face far more often than you would without them.
USA Today reported April 1st, “Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said there was “no specific evidence” to suggest there was any “particular benefit” to the mass public wearing masks”.
“In general WHO recommends that the wearing of a mask by a member of the public is to prevent that individual giving the disease to somebody else. We don’t generally recommend the wearing to [sic] in public by otherwise well individuals because it has not been up to now associated with any particular benefit,” Dr. Michael Ryan said.
Ryan continues, “It does have benefit psychologically, socially and there are social norms around that and we don’t criticise the wearing of masks and have not done so but there is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any particular benefit. In fact there’s some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly or taking it off and all the other risks that are otherwise associated with that.”
*SIDE NOTE* USA Today is one of a handful of third-party “fact-checkers” on Facebook slapping “FALSE INFO” or “MISINFO” warnings on posts on the platform they claim goes against COVID-19 information released by science and health “authorities” such as the WHO and CDC. Considering their inability to release information anyone can actually follow, I’m not sure how facts can even be checked properly.
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Dr. Tedros calls their flip-flopping “evolving evidence.” I call it “no one really knows if wearing a mask is effective in lowering the rate of infection, but dehumanizing citizens while we figure it out seems like a fun idea.”
The CDC has sent mixed messages on wearing face masks as well. USA Today reported in April:
“Dr. Frank Esper, pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, said that it’s totally possible for the CDC to change their mask guidelines in the future as new information develops and healthcare providers run out of PPE. However, he doesn’t think that they would recommend the general public to wear masks at all times, especially homemade masks.
‘If you have no masks available, wearing something like a cloth mask may be of benefit, but you can’t guarantee that you would be as safe as you would as a standardized mask,’ he said. ‘Those things have to be tested, quality controlled.'”
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams also can’t decide if wearing masks is effective or not. While we’re being told to take the advice of healthcare professionals and other authoritative figures in the health and science community, which advice are we supposed to listen and adhere to? When they tell us we MUST wear masks or when they say masks have not proven to be effective in lowering the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19?
“Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!,” U.S. Surgeon General declares in a Feb 2020 tweet.
March 6th, Adams says “they aren’t recommended for general public” and shows even when enclosed in a metal tube and shoulder to shoulder with other passengers, there’s no need to wear a mask. Adams says he’s more concerned about the guy in front of him reclining his chair than catching COVID-19.
A month later, things have shifted gears. Adams begins to push the CDC’s recommendation of wearing “a cloth face covering” and in a short video clip even shows you how to manufacture one yourself.
So that clears things up, right?
CDC: Don’t wear masks at all times, especially if you don’t have COVID-19 and definitely not ones you make yourself.
ALSO CDC: Here’s how to make a cloth mask in just a few easy steps.
By June 2020, Adams has moved onto fully promoting face masks as a tool to provide Americans with more freedom “to go out,” adding that “more places open, and sooner!” if additional people adhere to wearing masks, implying it’s patriotic to do so. Does that make some of us less patriotic if we choose not to wear face masks when the CDC and World Health Organization can’t even agree on their effectiveness?
I personally know people who MUST wear a face mask for the entire 12 hours of their shift everyday at work, and do NOT work in the healthcare field -twelve hours of being deprived of appropriate levels of oxygen, or losing your job in an economy where over 40 million people are currently unemployed. That is simply not an option right now, so they have no choice but to comply, keep their head down, and try to survive it everyday.
Being discriminated against in a work environment and denied work if you don’t adhere to wearing a face mask is one thing, but not wearing a mask in public will soon result in being treated as a modern-day leper.
In the Florida Keys, businesses and persons can be fined $500 for not wearing a mask. This new ordinance lasts through June 2021. But when it comes to the effectiveness of the mask, Monroe County Board of County Commissioners is much more lax saying, “a covering over the nose and mouth may include a face mask, homemade mask, or other cloth, silk, or linen covering, such as a scarf, bandana, handkerchief, or other similar cloth covering.” So, as long as half of your face is covered, who cares if it actually does anything to prevent spreading and contracting COVID-19, is that what I’m getting out of this?
Which brings me to one other point no one is considering. Wearing a face mask over your mouth and nose for any length of time causes the inside of the mask to fill up with moisture – which, since there’s no way for it to receive air in order to dry out, remains damp. If you wear this on your face for any extended amount of time the mask traps off bacteria released from your nose and mouth, that festers on the material the mask is made of – which differs depending on the choice of mask worn.
Bacteria from your mouth being inhaled into the lungs, in an already oxygen deficient atmosphere behind a face mask, cannot be healthy. Add in a lowered immune system from months of social distancing and lockdown orders and you’re looking at a society who has been MADE sick, not from COVID-19, but from politicians enforcing lockdown/stay-at-home orders and other “health experts” who change their suggestions on how to combat the virus more often than they change their underwear.
COVID-19 isn’t making the world sick, those who benefit from a global financial catastrophe are though and the masks are just another layer of the dehumanization of society. Mandating the wearing of masks is just another way to strip us of our individuality, and push to remove even more rights from citizens. All in the name of a rather benign novel virus that we all probably already have and have built up immunity to.
This pandemic has shown just how far American’s are willing to be pushed before standing up and saying enough. They introduce a little here and a little there and watch the envelope bend. If enforcing masks be worn in public and sometimes in private, locking down the world for months at a time, permanently shutting down small businesses while large corporations are saved, putting millions upon millions of people out of work, closing schools and churches while abortion clinics remain open, allowing looting and rioting for close to a month – if we will put up with this becoming “the new normal,” what else will we convince ourselves is “normal” if it’s introduced to us in a slow-drip?