A recent study suggests wearing facemasks mechanically restricts breathing by increasing the resistance of air movement and may be ineffective in preventing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. The study, titled “Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis,” was published on the National Institutes of Health website, the government agency where Dr. Anthony Fauci oversees the allergy and infectious disease wing.
“Breathing is one of the most important physiological functions to sustain life and health,” the study says. “Chronic mild or moderate hypoxemia and hypercapnia such as from wearing facemasks resulting in shifting to higher contribution of anaerobic energy metabolism, decrease in pH levels and increase in cells and blood acidity, toxicity, oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, immunosuppression and health deterioration.”
“A study on 39 patients with renal disease found that wearing N95 facemask during hemodialysis significantly reduced arterial partial oxygen pressure, increased respiratory rate, and increased the occurrence of chest discomfort and respiratory distress,” the published work went on to claim.
Under the heading labeled “Long term health consequences of wearing facemasks, the study states masks could contribute to several health problems, including, “hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer disease, rising anxiety and depression states, causes social isolation and loneliness and increasing the risk for prematurely mortality.”
In addition to pointing out health risks associated with wearing facemasks, the study states most masks are ineffective at stopping the transmission of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. “According to the current knowledge, the virus SARS-CoV-2 has a diameter of 60 nm to 140 nm (billionth of a meter), while medical and non-medical facemasks’ thread diameter ranges from 55 µm to 440 µm (one millionth of a meter), which is more than 1000 times larger.”
The study, published in January 2021 by Stanford University, has been whitewashed from social media. In April, conservative commentators Diamond and Silk had their post removed by Facebook. The post, which included a link to the NIH published study, read, “NO MORE MASK MANDATES! Follow the science.”
Despite backing up their statement with the a link to the peer reviewed study, Politifact, a website that claims to fact check statements made by politicians, rated the statement as false. “The April 12 post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed,” the website wrote. “It is less science than what the post claims,” they added in regards to the study.
Political strategist Steve Cortez had his Twitter account suspended for posting a link to the NIH article and quoting its content.