A viral Facebook post shared over 4,300 times claims wearing a mask for eight hours causes pleurisy.
Medical experts say there is no truth to the claim that wearing a face mask for an extended period will cause pleurisy.
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. (RELATED: Did Bill Gates Patent A ‘CV19-N95’ Face Mask Design Years Before The COVID-19 Pandemic?)
“It’s not true,” said Dr. Naftali Kaminski, chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at the Yale School of Medicine,