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Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis
Baruch Vainshelboim *
The existing scientific evidences challenge the safety and efficacy of wearing facemask as preventive intervention for COVID-19.
The data suggest that both medical and non-medical facemasks are ineffective to block human-to-human transmission of viral and infectious disease such SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, supporting against the usage of facemasks.
Wearing facemasks has been demonstrated to have substantial adverse physiological and psychological effects. These include
- shortness of breath,
- increased acidity
- and toxicity,
- activation of fear and stress response,
- rise in stress hormones,
- decline in cognitive performance,
- predisposition for viral and infectious illnesses,
- chronic stress,
- and depression.
Long-term consequences of wearing facemask can cause health deterioration, developing and progression of chronic diseases and premature death.
Governments, policy makers and health organizations should utilize prosper and scientific evidence-based approach with respect to wearing facemasks, when the latter is considered as preventive intervention for public health.