My goal in this post is to give you an overview of the dangers of masks, both short and long-term, in brief bits, and then share a plethora of resources if you’d like to learn more.
Summary: Major Dangers of Masks
Although you can take some steps to mitigate certain mask dangers, like poor posture, dehydration, mouth breathing, and cavities, and controlling your breathing to reduce anxiety, you can’t change the fact that there’s something on your face.
Here’s MY list of both research-backed, expert-shared, and anecdotal mask dangers:
Migraines, nausea, fatigue, fainting/passing out, heart attacks (all caused by decreased oxygen levels)
Greater risk of serious (or mild) fungal and bacterial infections (caused by recycled air carrying bacteria, moist environment on your face)
Long-term: Inhaling toxic fibers & carcinogenic compounds in surgical masks may cause chronic and fatal disease
Mental health: stress caused by hidden faces and more
Sore throat, congestion
Dry eye/eye infections
I must admit that I haven’t heard as many of these coming to fruition as rampantly as I expected. It’s possible that the media isn’t covering vehicle accidents potentially related to the driver wearing a mask or kids passing out in school or epidemic bacterial infections. It’s also possible that some of these potential side effects are exaggerated — or hidden so far. The mental health devastation of the pandemic in general is clear and problematic, however, and I still believe that people ought to educated, informed, and use their own common sense to evaluate sources. Censorship has no place in a free society.