Doctor Runs 22 Miles While Wearing A Mask To Show It Does Not Cut Oxygen Levels
A Science Enthusiast Staff
According to Newsweek, a doctor named Tom Lawton, who works at the Bradford Royal Infirmary in Yorkshire, north England, ran “22 miles to work and back wearing a mask to help stop the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories around face coverings and to raise funds for charity.”
- Dr. Lawton decided to run with the face mask on because of his “concerns for people with respiratory illnesses who want to wear a mask but are too scared to do so over false information,” the report stated. “He recorded that oxygen levels never fell below 98% of what it would usually be.”
"There are a lot of people out there who just don't want to wear a mask and will find any excuse they can but the people I'm more concerned about are people with respiratory illnesses, who would like to wear a mask, would like to do their bit, but are scared because there have been reports that it causes hypoxia [a condition where the body is deprived of oxygen],” Lawton told Newsweek. "I'm someone who understands the science, I've got access to a pulse-oximeter (a device used to monitor the amount of oxygen carried around the body) so I can actually go out and show that it definitely doesn't.”
- He said, “If I can show that I can get 10 peoples worth of oxygen through the mask then hopefully someone who has a respiratory disease and wants to wear a mask, they can be reassured that it is [a] safe thing to do."
- “In the U.K., the government has made the wearing of face masks mandatory in England for those visiting shops and supermarkets from July 24 in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Newsweek reported. Hundreds of people had gone to London’s Hyde Park “to protest against being made to wear a face mask in England.”
“There are obviously people who can't wear masks for one reason or another, mostly for psychological reasons or PTSD, but everyone who can do so really should,” Lawton continued. “My mask protects you, your mask protects me.”
- In the U.S., “protests have taken place in a number of states against the wearing of face masks, with President Trump saying he would not be wearing a face mask,” even after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “recommended that ‘cloth face coverings’ should be worn when social distance cannot be maintained,” Newsweek wrote.
On Saturday, however, Trump was seen wearing a face mask, “but vowed not to order Americans to wear masks to contain the spread of coronavirus,” Newsweek added.