It is pandemic, it is appropriate to say it, the way in which false news, hoaxes, conspiracy theories, spread on the net finding unexpected (and unjustified) consensus from those who, driven by who knows what drive, stop giving he listens to the experts (the real ones) and to reason and relies on completely sparse theories.
Among the fake news circulating with more force at the moment there are those relating to the use of masks and, in particular, the use of masks by children.
Let’s see what are the false myths about it and what do you think about it Italian Society of Pediatrics (SIP) about:
MASKS CAUSE ALKALOSIS AND HYPERCHAPNIA
Alkalosis and hypercapnia would be caused by the amount of carbon dioxide that the child would breathe while wearing the surgical mask. In reality, this quantity is so small that it is almost imperceptible and does not pose a threat to the baby’s health.
MASKS WEAKEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM OF CHILDREN
Here is another theory circulating a lot on the net these days: the use of the surgical mask would weaken the immune system of children. In fact, pediatricians answer, its use prevents the spread of infections and avoids the transmission of the coronavirus between even asymptomatic subjects.
MASKS ALTER BACTERIAL FLORA
Another fake news is that the surgical mask can cause an alteration of the intestinal flora in children. On this too, pediatricians reply that there is no scientific evidence in the literature that documents that a correct use of the mask can lead to an alteration of the bacterial flora.
MASKS ARE CAUSE OF DEATH AMONG CHILDREN
The idea is inspired by a news story: two Chinese teenagers who died during physical education classes ‘since they were using the mask’. Even to this false information the Italian Society of Pediatrics says no: healthy children who wear the surgical mask for several hours a day do not risk oxygen deficiency or death from hypoxia.
MASKS INCREASE THE RISK OF CONTRIBUTING INFECTIONS
This information is also false. The task of the mask is precisely to protect others from the risk of contracting an infection (not just the covid. Any infection).