German Scientists have discovered Dangerous Hazardous Chemicals in Face Masks.
Mask-wearing has the risk of breathing in carcinogens, allergens, and tiny synthetic microfibers. This is from wearing both textile (cloth) and nonwoven surgical masks for extended amounts of time.
Hazardous Chemicals in Disposable Masks
The scientists found the following chemicals in sampling used disposable masks.
- Hazardous Fluorocarbons
- Carcinogen Aniline
- Optical Brighteners
- 2-butanone oxime (carcinogenic) blocked diisocyanates
- Perfluorocarbons (PFCs)
- Other Carcinogenic substances
Many of these chemicals are cancerous and are heavily restricted on consumer goods by EU and USA authorities.
The reuse of disposable masks creates microplastics and hazardous dust. Folding and unfolding the one-time-use masks creates creases in the structure. This can cause the release of tiny microplastics as the polypropylene fibers to shed and breathe into the lungs. Breathing in microplastics is unhealthy and could possibly lead to inflammation and lung cancer.
Textile Cloth Mask Concerns
Textiles are known to have dyes, flame retardants among other chemicals. What are the effects to be against your mouth all day? We don’t know, as there have been no long-term studies conducted.
“In my opinion, textile masks do not begin to pass this most basic hazard test for kids, for whom the risks of COVID have been categorically demonstrated to be minuscule,” according to textile chemical expert, Phil Patterson of Colour Connections, who also works with the highly respected ZDHC Foundation on chemical management.
Ecotextiles.com reported that leading scientists are now questioning whether the real risk of exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals from long-term mask-wearing is actually higher than the risk of coming into contact with the Sars-CoV-2 virus – especially for children and young adults who are in the low-risk category when it comes to developing severe COVID-19.
One unforeseen problem for those mandating the continued and long-term wearing of face masks, such as governments and businesses, is the potential for future litigation if they are proven to have any long-term adverse impacts on human health – especially since long-term studies have yet to be undertaken.
“I’d be very wary of mandating masks, as some chemicals and fibers may have long-term effects – and that possibly opens the floodgates of personal injury claims at some stage in the future.” – Phil Patterson.