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Face Masks: The Placebo and Dangerous Effect

Have you ever thought about the downsides to wearing face masks? Yes, there is a Covid-19 pandemic, but there is little scientific evidence to back the necessity of face masks. This article considers the placebo and dangerous effects of face masks and why you would be better off without it.

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 is a sham?” This is not exactly our standpoint. All credit goes to the brave doctors and nurses who attend to and treat coronavirus patients; they are real heroes. But we cannot ignore the fact 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 seek to restart their economies.

Do Face Masks Work?

If you watch the news often, you’ll realize that many world leaders who address the public don’t wear face masks. Think about it, have you ever seen political leaders like Trump wear a face mask? You haven’t, have you? Why, because face masks don’t make that much of a difference.

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 now 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; else 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 effect that is no 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.

The Misconceptions About Face Masks

When people hear discussions like these, they cringe in disapproval. It’s an agenda, they say. 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. People need to understand that there is a sequence of negative events that follow the use of masks.

Perhaps the most mind-blowing thing is that face 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.

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; the world’s best defenses against the coronavirus.

More importantly, isn’t it more dangerous to take everything you see on Television as true? If so, why do many world leaders, like Trump, not put on a mask? This simply does not add up. 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, practice social distancing, or stay at home. These solutions, unlike wearing face masks, do not have dangerous side effects.


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