While the corona madness is resuming in earlier regions of the world and demands for masks are already being renewed, data on the harmfulness of so-called mouth and nose “protection” is rapidly reaching the mainstream. . The Daily Mail is currently reporting on a study from South Korea that has shown dangerously high levels of pollutants in FFP2 masks. Toxic compounds in purported preservatives can sometimes have carcinogenic effects.
“It’s just a mask”? This popular argument of muzzle fanatics has become increasingly mystified in recent years. Not only that constant wearing of masks can lead to fatigue syndrome with concentration, thinking and speech disorders: there are also all kinds of pathogens on the clothes that can cause serious diseases.
Studies also indicate that mask wearers can inhale microplastic fibers and particles that can be detected in the lungs. A study from South Korea published in April also addressed the so-called toxic volatile organic compounds (TVOCs) – Toxic volatile organic compounds present in single-use masks have been studied at levels (roughly equal to the FFP2 standard) that in some cases far exceed the recommended safety limits. Inhaling these toxic compounds may not only cause short-term problems such as headache and dizziness, but may also cause long-term organ damage or even cancer.
The researchers compared the concentrations of various TVOCs in cloth masks and disposable masks and found 14 times higher concentrations of toxic compounds in the latter. Pollutants known to cause serious harm to health in high concentrations were also detected:
Fifteen types of VOCs detected in the mask samples were consistent with hazardous chemicals commonly found in work environments, as identified by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) (Burson, 2007) (Table 5) Was. Of these 15 hazardous chemicals, DMAC and DMF are known to potentially cause liver and reproductive toxicity, and aromatic compounds such as toluene and xylene are toxic to the nervous system (Gong et al., 2016, Niaz et al. ., 2015, Saito et al., 2011, Wegner et al., 2021). Acetonitrile is also a harmful substance that can cause skin and eye inflammation and neurological disorders (Ahmed et al., 1992, Hashimoto, 1991, Joshi and Adhikari, 2019). n-hexane is a skin irritant that can cause headache and pulmonary edema when inhaled. Simultaneous exposure to n-hexane and 2-butanone can result in severe neurotoxicity (Todd and Melia, 2019).
Ryu and Kim, 2023
Although the recommended exposure limits for these particularly hazardous substances were not reached, the fact that they were found in the masks should be considered. The authors recommend letting disposable masks air out at room temperature for 30 minutes after removing them from packaging to allow volatile toxic compounds to evaporate. Otherwise, TVOC concentrations in the tested KF94 masks were high enough to be of concern under indoor air quality guidelines of the German Environment Agency. The scientists believe that more research is needed in this area, especially since they only examined a small sample of masks, focusing on common types of masks in South Korea.
A New York doctor told the Daily Mail that the validity of the study was limited, but that almost everything in medicine had side effects. However, the problem with masks is that these side effects are not offset by any direct benefits. Doctor admits that excessive fear over the fatality of COVID-19 can lead to “counterproductive” decisions,
Of course, that realization hasn’t yet made its way everywhere: Masks have already been re-prescribed at educational institutions and clinics in the first place — and the need for masks is making a comeback in Hollywood as well, which has always been politically charged. That’s right (namely the “Lionsgate” studio), reports the Mail. However, it is doubtful that citizens will go along with restarting the corona pandemic without much resistance.