Face masks cause oxygen deficiency? As the second wave of coronavirus has raged across India, there has been a tremendous amount of misinformation and fake news circulating on the internet.
One such message is making rounds on social media that claims that the long-term or prolonged use of face masks can cause intoxication of carbon dioxide and cause oxygen deficiency in the body.
As per the viral claim, oxygen deficiency is caused due to breathing of exhaled air over and over again. Hence, the viral post led to a lot of confusion and panic among people.
However, it was found that the viral post was absolutely fake. Using face masks for even a longer period, does not lead to deficiency of oxygen in the body and there has been no evidence that a mask reduces oxygen levels in a person’s body.
On misleading information, PIB took to Twitter and wrote, ”It is being claimed in a message that prolonged usage of masks leads to intoxication of CO2 & oxygen deficiency in the body. #PIBFactCheck: This claim is #FAKE. Stop the spread of Coronavirus by wearing mask properly, maintaining social distance and washing hands regularly.”
According to the health care officials, the wearing of a face mask was one way to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
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