FluShields Looks Into The Dangers Of Wearing A N95 Mask
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The N95 respirator face mask or DYI face masks with an activated carbon filter can make it a bit safer by reducing the intake of germs and particles, however, it's also more difficult for the wearer to breathe due to carbon dioxide buildup, which reduces the intake of oxygen, increased breathing rates, and heart rates. The bottom line is, if you have lung disease (i.e. asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath), ask your doctor about wearing an N95 face mask.
Later on, feel free to scroll down to watch the video at the end of this blog - this is an interesting experience from a person with asthma.
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Now that we've all been wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, some people say that wearing a mask is reducing their intake of oxygen—or forcing them to breathe in their own carbon dioxide. This leaves them feeling faint or light-headed. They're also concerned about how dangerous this is, and how less oxygen and more carbon dioxide might affect their health.
One driver who crashed his SUV into a pole actually blamed his collision on his mask. He told police he passed out because he’d been wearing an N95 mask for too long. The officers believed him, writing in their reports that he was the only person in the car and passed out due to insufficient oxygen intake/excessive carbon dioxide intake.
So is it possible that wearing a face mask as part of social distancing can cause someone to build up so much carbon dioxide and get so little oxygen that they pass out, or worse? Carbon dioxide is a natural by-product of the body’s respiration process, something we all breathe in and out every day. How harmful can it be?
In rare cases, it can actually be pretty dangerous, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). They say that inhaling high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) may be life-threatening. Hypercapnia (carbon dioxide toxicity) can also cause headache, vertigo, double vision, inability to concentrate, tinnitus (hearing a noise, like a ringing or buzzing, that’s not caused by an outside source), seizures, or suffocation due to displacement of air. CO2 is present in the atmosphere at a level of about 0.04%. It is dangerous in an atmosphere when it is greater than about 10%.
It’s also possible to have too little CO2. If you hold your breath, you wind up with too much CO2. The core issue is that CO2 regulates the pH of the blood—too much CO2 and the blood becomes too acidic; too little and it becomes too basic (alkaline). In either case, your body detects the change in acidity and you pass out, which is the body’s way of saying, please stop fooling with me and breathe normally.
Good news: You can actually protect yourself from viruses by wearing an N95 respirator mask: Get your N95 respirator masks for the whole family today.
Please note that we can only pass on general information and cannot make any guarantees or be liable for any consequences of your decision making or behavior. Use good common sense and ask your health care provider or physician for advice.