Mask Dystopia: New Guidelines Call for Masking-up in Shower and at Gym

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From The Federalist

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rolled out some guidelines for exercising, and this week NBC News explained them for us. Among the most notable guidelines, as NBC emphasized, is the charge to wear a mask while you’re exercising inside at the gym.

Based on a study of a gym-related COVID-19 breakout in Chicago in the late summer of 2020, the CDC concluded, “To reduce SARS-CoV-2 transmission in exercise facilities, employees and patrons should wear a mask, even during high-intensity activities (10) while ≥6 ft apart.”

Follow the Science?

Considering many careful CDC rule-followers pride themselves on “following the science,” it’s worth noting that this particular guideline doesn’t seem to be in accord with science at all. Several studies have shown that wearing a mask during strenuous physical activity takes quite a toll on the body.

One study, published in Clinical Research in Cardiology, revealed that “cardiopulmonary exercise capacity and comfort are reduced by surgical masks and highly impaired by FFP2/N95 face masks in healthy individuals.”

The study measured the pulmonary function parameters and comfort of 12 active and healthy men when they performed three exertion tests, one without a mask, one with a surgical mask, and the third with an N95 mask.

“Medical face masks have a marked negative impact on cardiopulmonary capacity that significantly impairs strenuous physical and occupational activities,” the study results concluded. “In addition, medical masks significantly impair the quality of life of their wearer. These effects have to be considered versus the potential protective effects of face masks on viral transmissions.”

A different study published in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine tracked the heart rate of 23 healthy people from varied sporting backgrounds while they walked on a treadmill for six minutes at four kilometers per hour, once with surgical masks and once without.

“The laboratory study to investigate the physiological effect of wearing a facemask found that it significantly elevated heart rate and perceived exertion,” the study concluded. “Those participating in exercise need to be aware that facemasks increase the physiological burden of the body, especially in those with multiple underlying comorbidities.”

Even the World Health Organization made a point last year to rebuke the conventional wisdom that people should wear masks while working out, including it on the WHO’s “Mythbusters” page. “FACT: People should NOT wear masks while exercising,” the WHO said, noting that masks can “reduce the ability to breathe comfortably.”

While people should still maintain social distancing while exercising, the WHO said that sweat not only can saturate people’s masks, making it harder to breathe, but it also “promotes the growth of microorganisms.”

Read Full Article by Kylee Zempel from The Federalist by Clicking Here




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