Masks

When people wear masks or ‘face coverings’, some people feel nothing, while others experience chest pain, dizziness, headaches, trouble breathing, increased heart rate, and other problems.

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Common Misconceptions

  • Masks don’t substantively oxygen or carbon dioxide levels around breathing orifices. FALSE.
    Masks tested using OSHA-approved Carbon-Dioxide meter – shows that masks, face coverings, and face shields are dangerous and violates OSHA safety levels: https://www.brighteon.com/2275aaee-b4e5-410f-b131-1b62019dd349
  • Bandanas are less restrictive. FALSE
    Typically, people think that a bandana worn over the face would cause less oxygen and carbon dioxide fluctuations, than say, an N-95 or surgical mask, but that is not the case. Bandanas cause just as much fluctuation, if not more.
  • Face shields are safe. FALSE
    It is also typically though that face shields don’t cause fluctuations at all, but again, this is not the case. Face shields cause increase in carbon dioxide next to the breathing orifices that, levels which are associated with complaints of drowsiness and poor air.

Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), under US Department of Labor regulates safety and health in the workplace. OSHA provides information about the various levels of CO2 and the associated health complaints (https://ohsonline.com/Articles/2016/04/01/Carbon-Dioxide-Detection-and-Indoor-Air-Quality-Control.aspx?Page=2).

Carbon dioxide levels and potential health problems are indicated below

  • 250-350 ppm: background (normal) outdoor air level
  • 350-1,000 ppm: typical level found in occupied spaces with good air exchange
  • 1,000-2,000 ppm: level associated with complaints of drowsiness and poor air
  • 2,000-5,000 ppm: level associated with headaches, sleepiness, and stagnant, stale, stuffy air; poor concentration, loss of attention, increased heart rate and slight nausea may also be present.
  • >5,000 ppm: This indicates unusual air conditions where high levels of other gases also could be present. Toxicity or oxygen deprivation could occur. This is the permissible exposure limit for daily workplace exposures.
  • >40,000 ppm: This level is immediately harmful due to oxygen deprivation.

The outdoor concentration of carbon dioxide can vary from 250-400 parts per million (ppm) or higher in areas with vehicle high traffic or industrial activity. The indoor carbon dioxide level depends upon the number of people present, how long an area has been occupied, the amount of outdoor fresh air entering the area, and other factors. Carbon dioxide concentrations indoors can vary from several hundred parts per million to over 1,000 ppm in areas with many people present for an extended period and where fresh air ventilation is limited. Outdoor “fresh” air ventilation is important because it can dilute carbon dioxide in the indoor environment.

The amount of fresh air that should be supplied to a room depends on the type of facility and room. Ventilation should keep carbon dioxide concentrations below 1,000 ppm and create indoor air quality conditions that are acceptable to most individuals.”

OSHA statements regarding face coverings & surgical masks:

  • Are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE).”
  • Will not protect the wearer against airborne transmissible infectious agents due to loose fit and lack of seal or inadequate filtration.”

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/covid-19-faq.html

How is Wearing a Mask Against Religious Beliefs?

  • God created me in His image and I am not to obstruct the breath of life.
  • The Bible says we should stand before God with our faces unveiled.
  • Covering your face is a sign of submission in the Muslim religion. I talk about that midway in this video here. 

Find more information in these videos:

  • Masks are ritual devices: video
  • The breath of life: video
  • The mask ritual video
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