Mask Wearers Beware – perils of rebreathing your CO2!!

COVID-19 is a threat, and so is wearing masks over extended periods while you re-breathe our exhaled air and all the CO2!

Most of us have read about the Sick Building Syndrome. To share briefly, it is a name for a condition that is thought to be caused by being in a building or other types of enclosed spaces with a lack of proper ventilation. The symptoms can also affect skin, respiratory and neurological systems in addition to the added risk of catching viruses such as the coronavirus.

With reference to the above syndrome, you may wonder if face masks can also lead to similar symptoms. Well, overexposure to carbon dioxide due to re-inhalation(of exhaled breath) can surely lead to health issues, especially if you wear an airtight mask with a high breathing resistance. 

Typically, wearing an N95 mask over extended time periods could possibly lead to the below problems:

  • Fatigue.
  • An inability to concentrate or think clearly.
  • Headaches.
  • Flushing.
  • Dizziness.
  • Hypoxia: When body tissue does not get enough oxygen, leading to breathlessness.
  • Hypercapnia: Elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the blood that can cause dizziness, shortness of breath, headache and, in extreme cases, hyperventilation, seizures and even death.

We have had infinite doctors how shared about feeling dizzy and symptoms of hypoxia from re-inhaling their exhaled air.  You can start to imagine why this is a problem, especially once children need to get back to school, and professionals back to work.

There are essentially two categories of masks which often put you in a dilemma while purchasing a mask:

  1. Masks for optics that are not fitted, and do not seal your face and consequently do not offer protection(from air pollution and/or COVID) 
  2. Fitted masks which offer protection but come with the issue of high exhalation resistance and hence, CO2 re-inhalation problem.

Therefore, while mask wearing has become the new normal, we recommend wearing a mask which is both fitted well and yet with a real low inhalation and exhalation resistance – this ensures safety with the mask and from the mask.

According to tests by Nelson Labs USA, the Airific mask by Nirvana Being is the only fitted mask with a high efficacy, that is able to expel >97% of exhaled air due to the breathable, natural fabrics in the outer and inner layer, and as a result of the nanofibre filter used in its middle layer. According to Nelson Labs, the Airific mask offers lowest possible exhalation resistance, making it extremely breathable and comfortable. Therefore, you will face absolutely no risk of the above mentioned problems.  Additionally, whether you are wearing the Airific mask at work, while driving, in a classroom or any other high risk environment, you will be alert and completely in control of your senses. 

Once again, we want to reiterate that all masks are not created equal – the Airific Mask has been created with years of expertise and knowledge and our test reports and certification in India, Europe and the US are ample proof of the same.  

Be safe and healthy!

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