Four Common Face Mask Myths Debunked

“Chance all five people are wearing face masks in five random encounters.” Map shows higher chance in heaviulpopulated areas.
“Chance all five people are wearing face masks in five random encounters.” Map shows higher chance in heaviulpopulated areas.
The New York Times, July 17 2020

1. As long as I stay six feet away from others, I do not need to wear a mask.

While staying six feet away from others is a good idea, it might not always be enough. To understand why, it’s essential to know how coronavirus travels from person to person. COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets that contain the virus, and if people are within close contact with each other, less then six feet. However, an air current has the ability to make the virus travel further than six feet.

2. Masks create a buildup of carbon dioxide which could cause Hypercapnia.

Heavier duty face coverings such as N-95 masks may cause a small buildup of carbon dioxide, but it is not nearly enough to cause harm. On the other hand, lighter duty masks such as cloth masks have no carbon dioxide buildup because the carbon dioxide molecules are small enough to pass through the fabric. That being said, if the user has any preexisting medical conditions that may influence breathing or is under the age of two, the CDC advises them not to wear masks.

3. Businesses enforcing mandatory face coverings infringes on my rights.

Just like how citizens have the right to freedom, businesses can refuse service to anyone, even without reason, unless the government says otherwise. One of the most notable preexisting examples of this is the “No shirt, no shoes, no service” rule enforced by many businesses.

4. Masks offer no protection to me, it says so on the box.

Side of ear-loop mask box reads “THIS PRODUCT IS NOT A RESPIRATOR AND WILL NOT PROVIDE ANY PROTECTION AGAINST COVID-19”
Side of ear-loop mask box reads “THIS PRODUCT IS NOT A RESPIRATOR AND WILL NOT PROVIDE ANY PROTECTION AGAINST COVID-19”
WUSA9, July 5 2020

Works Cited

Carlton, Jim. “Mandatory Mask Laws Aren’t Enforced as Coronavirus Continues to Spread.” The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones & Company, 17 July 2020, https://tinyurl.com/FCFMMD1.

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