Face Masks Myths Debunked

July 13, 2020
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Lately, there have been a lot of videos posted in which customers have become angry over face mask policies at retail stores. While some stores are only following local or county rules to slow the spread of COVID-19, other companies have made it a requirement to protect its employees as well as other customers. The problem may circle around old information or misinformation about masks, so we're here to clear the air about face masks and coronavirus.  One claim made for not wearing a mask is that it is of no use in protection. While this may have been the health community's position a few months ago, numerous new studies and real-time data have shown that cloth masks (homemade) reduce the number of microorganisms that someone releases into the air. Cloth masks act as a physical barrier to keep large droplets from spewing out into the air, where someone else could breathe them in and become infected. They also make it harder for you to touch your nose and mouth, which experts say could be another way that the virus gets into the body. Another claim is that masks can cause carbon dioxide poisoning. While masks can be uncomfortable, they aren’t airtight—and therefore can’t hold the carbon dioxide that’s created during respiration. Masks, even the N95s used by health-care professionals that have smaller pores than their cotton counterparts, also do not deplete oxygen levels. However anybody who feels light-headed, headaches, or shortness of breath while wearing a mask is recommended to go to a safe distanced area and remove their PPE or consider not visiting areas with large numbers of people. Finally, one claim is that a mask just needs to cover your mouth. A mask should cover your mouth and your nose. It should be snug but comfortable against the sides of your face, and you should be able to breathe without restriction. Choose one that secures with ties or ear loops. Don’t wear your mask around your neck or chin, or over your head — that doesn’t protect anyone. And no, it is not an infringement of your constutional rights for the government or private business to require you to wear a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic.

SOURCE: Cleveland Clinic

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