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Not Safe, Not Effective — 376 Ways That Face Masks Are Known To Harm The Wearer

On April 3, 2020, political appointees at the CDC announced that face masks are neutral to the wearer and beneficial for those around the wearer. For the good of others they must be worn, we were told. All people needed to wear a mask we were told, just long enough to “flatten the curve,” so hospitals were not suddenly overwhelmed, we were told. That is what the political appointees at the CDC had to say on April 3, 2020, and for some time into the future.

Within weeks scientists at the CDC corrected the record saying face masks do not prevent the spread of a respiratory virus and may, in fact, be harmful to others when worn improperly. Improperly is how virtually all people wear them, many trained medical personnel included. The authors of that research looked at 14 randomized controlled trials. This research appeared in the May 2020 edition of the CDC’s own peer reviewed journal of epidemiology, Emerging Infectious Diseases. ( )

That research took care of one leg of the narrative. Face masks do not work and may harm others when worn around them. That is what the best research indicated then and continues to indicate at this period in time. A problem remains, though. The narrative is still standing. It is still presumed and generally accepted that face masks are neutral to the wearer.

Rather than being based in a search for truth and instead being based in a desire to keep people masked, the narrative accordingly shifted to “Well, face masks make others feel comfortable, so if they don’t harm you, why not wear them?”

That narrative too is inaccurate. Face masks are not merely neutral to you when you wear them. Face masks are unquestionably harmful to the wearer and those around the wearer. Face masks are not “safe and effective.” Face masks are unsafe and ineffective. Below is a non-exhaustive and lengthy list of ways that a face mask is known to harm the wearer.

My next book deals with this topic and is now available (here) (link to “here” please because some browsers remove a monetized link — It is called Face Masks Hurt Kids, and it digs into the science of mandatory masking policies and their impact on children. The truth is, face masks harm everyone. 

It is particularly important to be mindful of the needs of children at a time like this. Children cannot stand up for themselves on this topic. Nor should a child be expected to speak up in favor of his own long term well-being. Furthermore, children are being irreparably harmed by mask wearing during their developmental years. This harm to a developing child goes far beyond the harm being done to a physically and psychologically mature adult. Therefore, the necessity of fighting the fight on behalf of children and providing parents with the resources to protect their children is so very important to me.

I hope you will share this article with parents you know. They may be parents who are on the fence, or they may be parents who recognize the harm of masks on their children and are looking for a concentrated and organized single place to turn to for information like this. This piece of writing contains 376 health concerns in one place, and Face Masks Hurt Kids is another 500 pages of those and other concerns in one place.

I know how difficult this period has been on so many parents. With so much sympathy, as a fellow parent, I want you to have access to the resources you need to do the best for your family. The same is true for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and others in the life of a child.

Over the course of doing the research for this 500-page book and its more than 800 citations, I have uncovered so many shocking ways that face mask harm a person, not just in the short term, but cumulatively, and likely long into the future, even after a face mask is no longer worn. This is likely even more true for children.

Below are 376 ways, that masks may be harmful to you, covered in more detail in Face Masks Hurt Kids. Some issues below are minor. Some issues below are major. The broad takeaway from this list for me is that there is no longer any way to say that a face mask is safe for any man, woman, or child to wear. Masks are least safe for anyone frail such as the sick, the elderly, and children to wear.

The popularly circulated narrative, which many repeat and perhaps even believe, claims the exact opposite. For this reason, I have spent considerable effort laying out extensive concerns of scientists and researchers on this topic, both today with cutting edge research and stretching back into the past to the foundations of study on the topic.

There is no excuse to let a person force a mask on your child, not “just to get through the door,” not “because I’m in a hurry,” not “to avoid an uncomfortable conversation,” not “just to visit grandma,” and certainly not “just to get through the day at school.” Allowing such behavior is negligent and needs to be stopped. We need to have the hard conversations that stop it. We cannot keep avoiding the issue: people in authority demand the right to place this unquestionably harmful medical device on our children and on others.

If we cannot summon the will and the wherewithal to stand up for the children in our lives, we have little hope of standing up for the rest of society. Below is a list of 376 ways that face masks may cause harmful conditions or exacerbate existing harmful conditions, whether those conditions be latent or active. Please do share this list with others. Please do help me reshape the narrative to reflect the truth — that face masks are dangerous when worn by anyone.

Risk To Pregnant Women And Fetuses

Impedes gaseous exchange between mother and fetus,
Too much carbon dioxidein a pregnant mother’s blood may lead to too much carbon dioxide in fetal blood,
Exposure to birth defect-causing chemicals and increasedrisk of giving birth to a child with birth defects,
Significant and irreversible damage to a child’s developing brain,
Impaired fetal growth,
Adverse perinatal outcomes in women with chronicrespiratory conditions,
Preterm labor, which is regular contractions leading to the opening up of the cervix after week 20 and before week 37 of pregnancy and which may lead to preterm birth,
Pre-eclampsia, which is high blood pressureduring pregnancy accompanied by damage to organs,
Respiratory compromise in pregnantwomen,
Imposes higher workload on pregnantwomen,
Increasedrisk of suffocation when worn by a baby,
Virtually every physiological reaction to facemasks mentioned on this list below can also occur in a fetus, only it occurs during his most important developmental period of life, likely making the physiological impact much worse,

Breathing And The Lungs

Obstruction of the airway,
Mask-induced increasedairway resistance,
Increasedbreathing resistance,
Increasedinhalation resistance,
Increasedexhalation resistance,
Breathing problems,
Impeded gas exchangeat rest,
Shortness of breath,
Feelingof breathlessness,
Chest discomfort,
Tightness of the chest,
Increasedrespiratory frequency and depth,
Increasedrespiratory load,
Increasedwork of respiratory muscles,
Disturbed respiratory physiology,
Reduced lung function,
Impairments in lung function parameters,
Decreased oxygen intake,
Increasedcardiorespiratory stress,
Impairments in cardiopulmonarycapacity,
Rebreathingof carbon dioxide,
Increasedrebreathing of the body’s waste,
Increasedinspiratory carbon dioxide levels,
Increasedexpiratory carbon dioxide levels,
Increasedoxygen demand,
Increasedoxygen consumption,
Impacted oxygen uptake,
Decreased oxygen saturation,
Increasedphysiological dead space, which is a larger amount of space in and around the body that does not exchange air and consequently may lead to significant problems as a result,
Reduced gas exchangevolume available to the lungs in each breath
Increasedmaximal inspiratory pressure,
Increasedmaximal voluntary ventilation,
Impeded gas exchangeduring exercise,
Increasedretention of carbon dioxide in the lungs,
Hyperventilation, which is overly rapid or overly deep breathing,
Decreased ability to compensate for a lack of homeostasisthrough hyperventilation,
Hypoventilation, which is reduced intake of air into the lungs,
Respiratory distress,
Artificial inducement of COPD-like symptoms, which is chronicobstructive pulmonary disease, a chronic inflammation of the airways, causing restricted airflow,
Oxygen deprivationwith effects on the heart, lungs, and brain,
Pneumonia, which is an infection of the airs sacs of the lungs,
Aspiration pneumonia(Pulmonary aspiration is the inhalation of fluid or other substance into the lower lungs. Aspiration pneumonia is the infection and inflammation of air sacs as a result of pulmonary aspiration.),
Passing out during exercise,
Irritation of the respiratory tract,
Airway inflammation,
Foreign bodies in the lungs,
Lung toxicityfrom inhaled graphene and other particles contained within face masks,
Inhaled maskpolypropylene fibers and other fibers contained within face masks,
Sub pleural ground glass opacitiesdue to inhaled mask fibers (While ground glass opacities are indicated in many diseases and conditions, they are hardly as awful as their name would suggest. Their name comes from the hazy look of sandblasted glass. Ground glass opacities (GGO) is merely another way to say “hazy images on an chest x-ray or CT scan.” The presence of ground glass opacities indicates increased density in lung tissue.),
Clinically relevant fungal, bacterial, and viral infections,
Abscesses in lung tissue,
Increasedlower respiratory tract infections caused by the deep seeding of oropharyngeal flora,
Aspergillosis, which is the inhalation of fungal fibersthat gather as fungal balls in the lungs,
Inhalation of moldand bacterial colonies living on the surface
of masks,
Fibrous thickening of the peribronchiolar interstitium, which is the space around the air sacs of the lungs,
Bronchopulmonary diseasesfrom inhaled synthetic fibers such as:
Alveolitis, which is inflammationof the air sacs of the lungs,
Chronic bronchitis, which is the inflammationof the lining of the bronchial tubes; the bronchial tubes being how air is carried to and from the lungs,
Bronchiectasis, which is abnormal widening of the bronchior their branches, causing an additional risk of infection,
Spontaneous pneumothorax, which is sudden collapsed lung without any apparent cause,
Chronic pneumonia,
Granulomas, which are masses of tissue produced in response to the presence of an infection or foreign substance,
Pulmonary fibrosis,
Mask induced rhinitis, which is swelling of the mucous membraneof the nose,
Increaseddisease transmission due to “the nebulizer effect,” which is a phenomenon caused by the wearing of mask, in which the mask wearer to pushes more fine particles further out from the mask wearer than a non-mask wearer would,
Pulmonary hypertension, which is abnormally high blood pressurein the blood vessels that support the lungs,
Aggravation of exerciseinduced asthma,
Bacterial-induced chronicairway inflammation,
Increasedrisk of severe respiratory failure,
Immotile cilia syndromecaused by humidity and temperature in the upper airway (Cilia is a hair-like structure lining the airways that serves several functions, among that helping to clear the lungs of matter. Immotile cilia lead to disturbance in the clearing of
the lungs.),


Increasedheart rate,
Reduced cardiopulmonarycapacity,
Lower maximum blood lactation response, which is an indicator of reduced cardiopulmonarycapacity,
Mask-induced latent increase in blood gascarbon dioxide levels (toward hypercapnia),
Increase in carbon dioxideretention,
Increasedcarbon dioxide blood content,
Increasedtranscutaneous carbon dioxide, which is carbon dioxide levels measured through the skin,
Rapid onset of toxic effectsdue to the easy uptake of carbon dioxide in the blood and the rapid diffusion into bodily tissue,
Mask-induced latent drop in blood gas oxygen levels(toward
Decreased oxygen availability,
Decreased oxygen saturation of the blood,
Decreased blood oxygen partial pressure,
Hypercapnia, which is abnormally high carbon dioxidein the blood
Including acute (sudden) hypercapnia,
Hypoxia, which is abnormally low oxygenin the blood,
Hypercapnic hypoxemia, which is abnormally low oxygenin the blood at the same time as abnormally high carbon dioxide in
the blood,
Increasedblood acidity,
Increasedlactate concentration,
Increasedacidic environment,
Endothelial dysfunction, which is impaired function of the lining of the blood vessels, an early stage of arteriosclerosis in which the endothelium, the lining of the blood vessels, stops working properly and may cause significant symptoms,
Increasedblood pressure,
Increase in systolicblood pressure,
Hypertension, which is abnormally high blood pressure,
Hypotension, which is abnormally low blood pressure,
Vascular damage, which is damage to the arteries and/or veins,
Cardiovasculardisease, which is disease of the heart and circulatory system,
Increasedheart attack risk,
Increasedstroke risk,
Serious arrhythmia, which is an irregular or abnormal rhythm of the heart,
Right or left ventriculardysfunction, which is improper functioning of the portion of the heart that is largely responsible for pumping blood,
Pericarditis, which is swelling or irritation of the saclike tissue around the heart, the pericardium,
Myocardial ischemia, which is reduced blood flow to the heart, preventing the heart musclefrom receiving enough oxygen,
Arteriosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries,
Coronary heart disease, which is a disease affecting the major blood vesselsthat supply the heart,
Life threatening staph infections,
Bacteremia, which is bloodstream infection,
Sepsis, which is a condition in which the body’s response to an infection damages the body,
Septic arthritis, which is joint trouble caused by the spread of an infection to a joint,
Irreversible fibrosisin heart tissue, which is a change in the heart tissue, leading to impaired performance of the heart,
Subacute bacterial endocarditis, which is an infection of the heart lining and valves that develops over a longer period of time than acute (sudden) bacterial endocarditis,


Reduced renal blood flow,
Reduced renal function,
Reduced glomerular filtration rate, which is the amount of blood that passes through the filters of the kidneyseach minute — a reduced rate is an indication of reduced kidney function,
Renal overload,
Generalized nephritis, which is inflammationof the kidneys,
Flares of toxinsin the body,


Exacerbation of pre-existing headache disorders,
De novo PPE-associated headaches(PPE is personal protective equipment, such as face masks, N95 respirators, face shields, and other items; de novo, in this specific usage, refers to a headache that did not exist prior to the introduction of PPE and therefore provide a stronger indication that the introduced PPE is a cause of the headache.),
Migraine headaches,
Irritation of cervical nervesin the neck and head by mask straps,
Drowsiness, which is qualitative neurologicaldeficits,
Syncope, which is the inability to maintain sufficient blood pressureto allow the brain to properly function, thereby increasing the risk of falling,
Triggers cerebral ischemia, which is the reduction of blood flow to the brain, thereby reducing the amount of oxygen available to
brain tissue,
Increasedbrain volume,
Decrease in cerebrospinal fluid spaces,
Increasedintracranial pressure (Generally speaking, as the brain enlarges, pressure on the skull increases.),
Increasedvasodilation in the central nervous system,
Increase in cerebral artery flow,
Decreased pulsation of blood vesselsin the central nervous system,
Damage to blood vesselsthat supply the brain,
Decreased cerebral perfusion(Perfusion is the act of pumping blood through the body, cerebral perfusion is the movement of blood — and thereby oxygen — through the tissue of the brain.),
Deterioration of the hippocampus, which is a particularly oxygen-sensitive portion of the brain,
Degeneration of the braindue to reduced oxygen,
Neurodegenerative disease,
Alzheimer’s disease,
Meningitis, which is inflammationof the fluid and membranes around the brain and spinal cord,
Autoimmune encephalitis such as basal gangliaencephalitis and pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections, which is also known as PANDAS,


Obstructs flow of blood vesselsin the face,
Obstructs flow of lymphin the face,


Moisture retention,
The sensation of dampness,
The sensation of heat,
Impacted microclimates of the face,
Impacted pH value of skin,
Erythematous, which is the reddening of the skindue to damage of superficial capillaries,
Increasedfluid loss through the skin epithelium,
Increasedsebum production (Sebum is a Latin word for “grease,” and refers to the oil created by the sebaceous glands, specifically on the face, in this example.),
Altered skinflora,
Hypersensitivity to ingredients of industrially manufactured masks,
Impaired skinbarrier function,
Increasedskin susceptibility to acne and infection,
Mask associated skinirritation,
Local acne,
Staph infections,
Urticaria, which is another word for hives — red, itchy welts on the skin,
Contact dermatitis,
Contact eczema,
Increaseddisease transmission due to poor hygiene practices around face masks,


Impaired field of vision,
Mask-associated ocular irritation,
Increaseddry eye symptoms,
The fogging up of glasses,


The angulation of the outer ear,
Permanently disfigured growth of cartilageof the outer ear,
Auricular chondritis, which is painful inflammationof the cartilage of the ear,
Under-developed auricular cartilage,
Mechanical skinlesions,
Painful lesionsof the retro auricular skin (The auricle of the ear is the external portion of the ear; retro auricular skin refers to skin on the back side of the ears or behind the ears.),
Permanent hyperpigmentation(Mask pressure against the skin causes dark marks in the places of pressure as the skin becomes damaged and heals repeatedly.),


Itchingand swelling of mucous membranes, which are the lining of surfaces in the nose and other parts of the body that come in contact with the air and contain cells that produce mucus,
Mucosal irritationof the nose,
Increasednasal secretion,


Reduced saliva,
Oral dysbiosis, which is a harmful imbalance of the microflora of the oral cavity,
Halitosis, which is bad breath,
“Seriously sour breath,”
A newly identified condition known as “maskmouth,” in which many of the conditions in this section occur simultaneously, seemingly caused by face mask wearing,
Decaying teeth,
Dental caries, which are more commonly known as cavities,
Mask-induced dental problems,
Receding gum lines,
Gum disease,
Gingivitis, which is inflammationof the gingiva, the lining of the gums around the base of the teeth,
Cheilitis, which is inflammationof the lips,
Angular cheilitis, which is the breaking down of skinat the corners of the mouth,
Cracking and sores at the corner of mouth,
Increasedrisk of Group A Streptococcus infections,
Candidiasisof the mouth, which is fungal infestation of the mucous membranes with Candida albicans,
Periodontal disease, which is illness of the support structure around the teeth,
Superficial and relatively harmless pathogens in the oral flora
are caused to be harmful when they access deeper tissues and
the blood
Impaired vocal cord coordination,
Aggravation of facial trauma,
Harm to oral and maxillofacial surgery patients (The maxilla is the upper jaw; oral and maxillofacial surgery is surgery of the mouth, bones of the mouth, and face, and may extended into other portions of the head.),


Slurred speech,
Acoustic filtering of speech, making speech sound softer, mumbled, muffled, or otherwise harder to hear,
Filter and dull acoustic communication,
Limit facial recognition,
Positive emotionsbecome less recognizable,
Suppression of emotional signals,
Erase positive effects of smilesand laughter,
Increase the likelihood of misunderstanding,
Block emotional signaling,
Disrupt human communication, both verbal and non-verbal,
Negative emotionsare amplified,
Reduction of comprehension of outward emotional displays,
Reduction in empathy perception,
Disrupt social interaction,
Disruption of doctor-patient relationship,
Bonding between teachersand learners is reduced,
Interference with pedagogy,
Increasedalienation of the deaf and hard of hearing,
Increasedstress upon the hearing impaired,
Increasedstress upon the mentally impaired,
Reduced social cohesion,
Reduced group cohesion,
Increasedstress-related illnesses,
Hinders a baby’s acquisition of speech and language,
Increasedfeelings of isolation,
Social withdrawal,
Increasedpeer pressure encouraging the wearing of a face mask beyond the recognition of harmful symptoms,
Provokes excessively loud speech,
Triggering new voice disorders,
Increasedrisk of voice disorder,
Compromise of the pressuregradients required for undisturbed speech,
Increasedaerosol production during speech, which leads to increased spread of pathogens,


Partial immunosuppressionor reduced immune response,
Increasedpredisposition for viral, fungal, and bacterial illness,
Increasedrhinovirus infections,
Increasedrisk of disease transmission,
Immune-mediated inflammatory disorders, more commonly known as auto-immune diseases, which include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, Sjorgen’s syndrome, along with many others,


Promotes the growth, invasion, and spread of cancer,
Poorer survival rates in patients with cancer,
Poorer clinical outcomes,


PPE-associated discomfort,
Mild pain,
Vertigo, which is a sensation of whirling and loss of balance,
Increasedstress hormone levels, which include adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol,
Increasedmuscle tension,
Impacted working methods,
Malaise with chest pain,
Increaseddanger of heat stroke,
Increasedlikelihood that heat will amass in the body,
Increasedlikelihood that the body will not be able to properly
cool itself,
Mask induced thermal stress,
Increasedrisk of thermal shock,
Increasedrisk of dehydration,
Impacted homeostasis,
Slowed maximum speed of movement,
Inability to recognize the signs of dehydration,
Psycho-vegetative stress reactions,
Impacted physical workload,
Impacted maximum power output,
Impacted exercisecapacity,
Impacted pace of work,
Muscular weakness,
Impact on fast-twitch musclefiber size,
Muscle damage,
Greater difficulty exercising,
High fever,
Impacted metabolic rate,
Increasedleptin release,
Increasedharm from caffeinated drinks and other diuretics,
Health deterioration,
Oxidative stress,
Intoxication, which is the poisoning of the body with a toxin, often to the point of impaired physical or mental control,
Increasedinflammatory substances such as C reactive protein (An increase of these substances in the body indicates a higher level of inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a swelling or some other immune reaction of the body and indicates a problem.),
Increasedcell acidity,
Increasednoradrenergic stress response (Involving the hormone norepinephrine also called noradrenaline. This hormone and neurotransmitter mobilizes the body to act and is associated with the fight or flight response and survival adaptation as well as stress in general. It is common for norepinephrine levels to be low when the body is at rest and a person is at ease.),
Increasedrate of infection caused by exercising in a face mask,
Increaseduse of medication,
Toxic shock syndrome,
Atopic predisposition, which is an allergy tendency,
Increasedrate of hospitalization,
Sudden death during exercise,
Altered metabolism,
Increasedmetabolic stress,
Self-induced illness,
Buildup of pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria,
Epithelial damage, which is damage to the outer layer of cells lining the surface of the body, both internal and external,
Reduced participation,
Increasedsymptoms of sleep apnea,
Increasedrates of sleep apnea,
Autonomic dysfunction,
Increasedlikelihood of wound infection when worn by a surgeon,
Chronic inflammation,
Accelerated aging process,
Premature mortality,
Long-term disease relevant consequences,
Mask-Induced ExhaustionSyndrome (MIES),


Impaired cognition,
Compromised cognitive performance,
Cognitive impairment, such as thinking impairments and coordination impairments,
Concentration problems,
Decreased IQ,
Reduced motoric abilities,
Impacts caretaker cognitionand wellbeing, leading to a higher risk of harm to the individual receiving care,
Decrease in psycho-motoric skills, which include hand-eye coordination, playing an instrument, driving a car, or other actions in which several parts of the body are used in coordination with
each other,
Reduced responsiveness,
Impaired thinking,
Suppressed anger,
Increase in psychosomatic illnesses,
Increasedfeelings of insecurity,
Panic reactions,
Activation of fight or flight response,
Mood disturbances,
Impacted feelingof wellbeing,
Reduced self-determination,
Loss of autonomy,
Feelingof deprivation of freedom,
Self-suppression of own needs and concerns,
An inhibition to habitual actions such as eating, drinking, touching, scratching, and cleaning,
Subconscious, constant distraction,
Reduced attention,
Impacted individual skill,
Psychological impairment,
Failure to recognize hazards,
Mask-induced listlessness,
Avoidable accidents at work,
Impaired operation of automobiles and other machines,
Perception of discomfort,
Increasedfeelings of discouragement,
Mild depressive feelings,
Exacerbation of paranoid schizophreniasymptoms,
Exacerbation of dementiasymptoms,
Exacerbation of personality disorder symptoms,
Psychological impact on children,
Developmental impact on children,
Exacerbation of panic attack symptoms,
Exacerbation of panic disorder symptoms,
Inability to recognize a feelingof thirst,
Loss of consciousness,
Concentration disorders,
Trigger sympathetic stress response,
Depressive self-experience,
Lowered health-related self-care,
Effect on neurologicaldiseases,
Narcotic action,
Increasedfeelings of numbness,
Syncopein the operating theater,
Reduced quality of medical care when worn by a care provider,
Mistakes and misunderstandings in the operating room,
Impacted postural stability(proprioception),
Altered gait velocity, and

More science in support of this list is available in the newly released “Face Masks Hurt Kids. If you do not already say “No!” to wearing a face mask each and every time, my bestselling book “Face Masks in One Lesson is for you. Thousands have used the techniques to stop wearing a face mask. Both books are available at a reduced friends and family price for this next week during the soft launch of the book. Also helpful to you may be my LRC articles on the topic, as well as the high quality trainings and videos on the topic that are sent out to everyone who signs up at

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