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Face Masks: The Placebo and Dangerous Effect


Have you ever thought about the downsides or effectiveness of wearing face masks? Yes, we just experienced a pandemic, but there is little scientific evidence to back the necessity of paper or worse cloth face masks. The data shows that only if you are wearing an N-95 mask you can effectively reduce the spread and intake of potentially deadly respiratory viruses like SARS. This article considers the placebo and dangerous effects of face masks.

Simply put, the only result of wearing a cloth or paper mask will be constricting your oxygen intake, avoiding other different types of viruses (not SARS), and looking like you can and are abiding by the form.

After taking the world nearly half of 2020 to recover from the outbreak of the coronavirus, the World Health Organisation has identified masks as one of the best ways to combat the virus. When comparing the rate at which people wear face masks these days, it’s safe to say other methods like social distancing and hand washing are becoming forgotten. The media tells us that face masks can combat the virus but does it?

You’re probably thinking; ‘did they just call the whole healthcare sector a sham?” This is not our standpoint. All credit goes to the brave doctors and nurses who attend to and treat coronavirus patients; they are the real heroes. But we cannot ignore that face masks are becoming the new norm—it’s a problem. Once considered a deadly virus, the coronavirus is now treated with brevity by many governments who sought to restart their economies.

Do Face Masks Work?

Before you read further, please understand that this isn’t a conspiracy like the ‘flat earth theory’, this is facts coupled with common sense. Now that your mind is open to the negative effects of wearing a face mask, you can understand why world leaders don’t fancy it so much.

But do face masks work? That depends on what it impedes and how it affects us. We need oxygen, so why then are global health organizations suggesting a product that restricts our air supply? Think about it; how long can a human being last by just breathing carbon dioxide: not very long. This is the same reason why no one can wear a mask over their noses for too long—they run out of breath. 

According to relevant studies, human beings need oxygen within one to two minutes; otherwise, things start to shut down within the body. When you wear a mask, you are inducing a hypoxic injury upon yourself. In simple words, masks greatly restrict airflow. By breathing through an ‘airway-blocking’ mask, you find it harder to suck in oxygen. You also breathe in more carbon dioxide. This induces pseudo hypoxia which is associated with large volumes of stress.

The Placebo Effects of Face Masks: The Scientific Explanation

In medicine, there is something called the ABCs of Trauma. ABCs stand for assessment-airway, breathing/oxygenation; and circulation. The ABCs are important because they are used by health practitioners to determine the extent of an injury or other patient care priorities. To summarise, ABCs are considered before effective care can be administered to a patient.

How do the ABCs of trauma relate to face masks? First, you should understand that the airway and breathing are connected with our ability to oxygenate; to breathe. By wearing a mask, oxygenation becomes difficult. As a result, you are throwing your body into a chronic state of stress. Oxygen should never have to be sucked in through a vent. It is the gift of nature and should be taken in effortlessly.

That’s not all, masks function by leveraging on your inability to breathe properly. This alone can increase your cortisol levels, which is your stress hormone. A high cortisol level suppresses your immune system and leaves you vulnerable to illnesses. Yes, it does seem like a stretch, but all of this can happen.


High cortisol levels could put you into a sympathetic mimetic drive. This is like putting a car in park and stepping on the accelerator. Wearing a mask all but guarantees your body overdrive events of stress. Once this happens, your body gets placed on a cascade of domino effects that is not good for you. That’s what happens when you wear a mask.

What happens when you’re stressed: you begin to crave more oxygen to help you relax. Think about all this for a second. They don’t say this on the news because it makes perfect sense and helps the bottom-line agenda: Divide and conquer.

The Misconceptions About Face Masks

When people hear discussions like these, they cringe in disapproval. It’s a crazy conspiracy theory, they say. Even though almost 3 years later, many of these “crazy” conspiracy theories were proven to be right from the horse’s mouth. But shouldn’t you question this unexplainable unwarranted need for face masks? Shouldn’t people get a chance to see the potentially dangerous effects of wearing face masks? The truth about face masks needs to be said. The public needs to understand that there is a sequence of negative events that follow the use of paper and cloth masks.

Perhaps the most mind-blowing thing is that face paper and cloth masks have no scientific foundation that supports their potency in preventing diseases—there is truly no solid study to back this claim. In conventional medical settings, mask-wearing is an activity performed by surgeons. A surgeon is mandated to wear face masks not because it protects them from a disease, but because it prevents sterile surgery areas from becoming contaminated.

A surgeon’s sneeze, drool, or cough is harmful to the patient under surgery. That’s why doctors wear masks: to protect the patient, not themselves. The same goes for people in the Far East. These people wear masks because they want to protect others from diseases they may be carrying. But we must understand the anatomy of the virus in question. Some viruses simply are too small for a paper or cloth mask and perhaps these masks are more effective for sicknesses like a cold or the like.

The Truth About Mask-Wearing

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that citizens of the world wear masks to prevent coronavirus. Wearing masks, according to them, is one way to reduce the risk of coronavirus. Has it worked, that remains to be seen. If anything, wearing masks has taken us away from hand-washing and social distancing; which are the world’s best defenses against the coronavirus.

More importantly, isn’t it more dangerous to take everything you see on Television and media as true? Perhaps, we should worry about a different type of virus. One that is not respiratory but audio-visual. We have to ask the question ‘why’ and scorn a perceived solution if the answers don’t add up.

The use of face masks is advisable but more likely to harm than good. Want to be safe from the coronavirus, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, and practice social distancing and isolation when you feel any symptoms. These solutions, unlike wearing face masks, do not have dangerous side effects.

Read our previous Health & Fitness article here.


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