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: CDC Approves Pfizer Booster Shots For Seniors, Others At Increased Risk From COVID-19
“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: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment Coming?
If you’re having trouble breathing, doctor Landon recommends washing your mask as dust and debris may be clogging it.MORE NEWS: Jury Begins Deliberations In R. Kelly Trial After 6 Weeks Of Testimony
She also says if your mask hasn’t been washed, this can cause skin irritation and acne to develop.