Does wearing mask reduces oxygen levels?

As mask-wearing becomes increasingly mandated to wear a masks in stores, communities and certain states, complaints about breathing difficulties have spiked, and some are trying to use this as an excuse not to wear a mask.

In short the answer is NO. wearing a masks does not affect you oxygen intake nor increases carbon dioxide levels.

Masks are one of our best lines of defence against the spread of COVID-19—not to protect ourselves from catching the virus, but to prevent us from giving it to others.

Even though some droplets may still spread out, wearing a mask could reduce the amount, providing a benefit to others. Research shows people don’t get as sick when exposed to smaller amounts of virus, said Dr. Monica Gandhi, a virus expert at University of California, San Francisco.

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