Peer-reviewed research concludes face masks are harmful to health and ineffective

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Hypoxemia & hypercapnia

Hypoxemia and hypoxia is reduced oxygen levels (deoxygenation) in the blood.
Hypercapnia is increased CO2 levels in the blood.
Both are detrimental to our health and can kill when taken too far.

  1. Preliminary report on surgical mask induced deoxygenation during major surgery.
  2. The physiological impact of wearing an N95 mask during hemodialysis as a precaution against SARS in patients with end-stage renal disease.
  3. The Physiological Impact of N95 Masks on Medical Staff.
  4. N95 Respirators vs Medical Masks for Preventing Influenza Among Health Care Personnel: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

Increase in clinical illness (CI) and influenza-like illness (ILI)

Bacterial and fungal pneumonia

The moist mask environment is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungi which are inhaled and cause lung infections.


  1. Andrew Kaufman’s analysis video on new Danish study: Effectiveness of Adding a Mask Recommendation to Other Public Health Measures to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Danish Mask Wearers [backup].
  2. Why Face Masks Don’t Work: A Revealing Review
  3. Cluster randomised controlled trial to examine medical mask use as source control for people with respiratory illness.
  4. The use of masks and respirators to prevent transmission of influenza: a systematic review of the scientific evidence.
  5. Evaluating the efficacy of cloth facemasks in reducing particulate matter exposure.
  6. Facemasks for the prevention of infection in healthcare and community settings.
  7. Evaluating the efficacy of cloth facemasks in reducing particulate matter exposure.
  8. Respiratory virus shedding in exhaled breath and efficacy of face masks.
  9. Use of surgical face masks to reduce the incidence of the common cold among health care workers in Japan: a randomized controlled trial.
  10. Effectiveness of N95 respirators versus surgical masks in protecting health care workers from acute respiratory infection.
  11. Effectiveness of Masks and Respirators Against Respiratory Infections in Healthcare Workers: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Michael Gaeta.

More sources

Are Face Masks Effective? The Evidence.

Renowned medical writer Vernon Coleman‘s 111 reasons and proofs to never wear a mask.

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