Select Page

Don't Tread On My Site

FACT CHECK: Does Wearing A Face Mask For 8 Hours Cause Pleurisy?

Load WordPress Sites in as fast as 37ms!

A viral Facebook post shared over 4,300 times claims wearing a mask for eight hours causes pleurisy.

Verdict: False

Medical experts say there is no truth to the claim that wearing a face mask for an extended period will cause pleurisy.

Fact Check:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends people wear face coverings in public settings to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Other health officials have also continued to urge, and at times mandate, citizens to wear them amid some states experiencing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

A viral post, which includes a diagram of a lung with inflamed tissue, claims wearing a face mask for “8 hours a day” causes pleurisy, a condition in which the tissue layers lining the lungs become inflamed. Over 4,300 Facebook users have shared the post as of press time.

However, medical experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation that face masks don’t pose such a risk.

“It’s not true,” said Dr. Naftali Kaminski, chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, in an email to the DCNF. “Masks have been commonly used for decades in health care and other settings and there are no reports of such cases.”

Dr. William Bailey, founder of the Lung Health Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told the DCNF that the post’s claim was “not true.”

“I don’t see a medically plausible mechanism for mask wearing to cause pleurisy,” Albert Rizzo, chief medical officer at the American Lung Association, also told The Associated Press.

Multiple medical websites list autoimmune disorders, lung cancer, blood clots, rib fractures and sickle cell anemia, as well as viral, bacterial and fungal infections, as causes of pleurisy, not face masks. The Pulmonary Associates of Mobile website actually recommends wearing a face mask to help prevent pleurisy caused by harmful or irritating particles in certain work environments.

This isn’t the first time Facebook users have shared misinformation related to the safety of face masks. Fact-checkers have previously debunked claims about face masks causing fungal pneumonia and low blood oxygen levels.

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org.


This post has been republished with permission from a publicly-available RSS feed found on Daily Caller. The views expressed by the original author(s) do not necessarily reflect the opinions or views of The Libertarian Hub, its owners or administrators. Any images included in the original article belong to and are the sole responsibility of the original author/website. The Libertarian Hub makes no claims of ownership of any imported photos/images and shall not be held liable for any unintended copyright infringement. Submit a DCMA takedown request.

-> Click Here to Read the Original Article <-

About The Author

Brad Sylvester

The Daily Caller was founded in 2010 by Tucker Carlson, a 20-year veteran journalist, and Neil Patel, former chief policy advisor to Vice President Cheney, The Daily Caller is one of America’s largest and fastest-growing news publications. Our team of experienced, full-time reporters and editors works around the clock to deliver award-winning original reporting, in-depth investigations, entertainment, thought-provoking commentary and up-to-the-second breaking news. Visit https://dailycaller.com

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.