CHICAGO (CBS)– Rumors about whether masks cause hypercapnia are circulating social media.
Hypercapnia occurs when you breathe in too much carbon dioxide. University of Chicago’s Chief Epidemiologist says there’s no need to worry.READ MORE: Woman Shot Dead While Riding In Car In Bucktown
“Masks are meant to filter air, not to hold all the air in, That’s the difference between a plastic bag and a mask,” Dr. Emily Landon said.READ MORE: Man Killed, Two Others Injured In Hit-And-Run Crash In Homan Square
If you’re having trouble breathing, doctor Landon recommends washing your mask as dust and debris may be clogging it.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Severe Storms, Including Risk Of Tornadoes And Large Hail, In Afternoon And Evening
She also says if your mask hasn’t been washed, this can cause skin irritation and acne to develop.