Science Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2
“Research supports that mask wearing has no significant adverse health effects for wearers.”
“…wearing surgical face masks for 30 minutes was not associated with changes in respiratory parameters or clinical signs of respiratory distress.”
“These findings suggest that the use of surgical masks among children may be promoted during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, especially in view of the reopening of schools.”
“…there have been now numerous studies done. These studies have unequivocally shown that there are no negative health effects on children from wearing a mask.”
“MYTH: Masks don’t actually do anything to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
“MYTH: Wearing a cloth mask will make me sick because of carbon dioxide poisoning.
“MYTH: Wearing a cloth mask will make me sick because mold will build up in it.”
The impact of face masks on children—A mini review
A compilation of research
“Can masks interfere with a child’s lung development? No”.
“Do masks trap the carbon dioxide that we normally breathe out? No.”
“Can masks lead to a weaker immune system by putting the body under stress? No.”
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released a research letter, published online, on 6/30/21. The letter stated: "Recent review concluded that there was ample evidence for adverse effects of wearing such masks." However, due to numerous issues with the study, JAMA retracted the research letter on 7/16/21.