5 Side Effects Of Wearing Face Masks



Wearing a face mask is an alien behaviour to the body. A mask burdens breathing and forces a person to inhale little oxygen than normal and also take back in some carbon dioxide.

The mask can, however, protect the user from an infection, and all foreign bodies that travel through air such as viruses, bacteria or dust.

The government has made it mandatory to wear a face mask in public as a health intervention to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

However, as it is widely debate globally by experts, wearing a face mask is one thing, but there has been less or no precautionary principles discussed on potentially-harmful side effects of such an intervention.

Out of many studied and discussed effects from several hypotheses, here are some of the potential side effects of wearing mask for longer periods.

Let’s look at five of them.

1. Difficult in breathing 

Face masks make breathing more difficult especially for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as asthma and bronchitis, which causes a decreased air flow. Also, a fraction of carbon dioxide previously exhaled is inhaled at each respiratory cycle. In effect, the wearer inhales her or his own exhaled air. Inhaling carbon dioxide causes rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, clumsiness, emotional upsets and fatigue. Basically, those two phenomena increase breathing frequency and deepness, hence increasing the amount of inhaled and exhaled air, according to medical experts. This may also worsen the clinical condition of infected people if the enhanced breathing pushes the viral load down into their lungs. The effects are amplified if face masks are heavily contaminated.

2. Sight discomfort 

When one wears a mask, the easiest escape route for exhaled air is upward towards the eyes. This air goes into the eyes, generating an uncomfortable feeling and an impulse to touch your eyes. If your hands are contaminated, you are infecting yourself, Doctors This requires you to remain conscious all the time and try to resist the temptation to touch your face. It also demands that you wash your hands or regularly sanitise after contact with substances like door handles, elevator buttons, packages or anything else where germs and viruses thrive. Notably, for those who use eye glasses, air creates fog and messes with one’s sight every moment. This forces wearer to clean their glasses all the time. The burden is unbearable.

3. Decreased immune system  

There are studies indicating that low oxygen levels in the tissues (hypoxia) can suppress some aspects of the immune response. Fairly, it can also induce and accentuate other important functions of the immune cells. Scientific investigations have proven that a prolonged denial of enough oxygen in your body can cripple the ability of your immune system to tackle infections. It is recommended that during this period where wearing a mask is mandatory, better to take off the mask when you are away from people and or maintain a distance of up to five meters. Older and younger people wearing a mask are said to be more vulnerable.

4. Cost burden 

Masks have now become an added daily cost that very few people can handle especially if you are to opt for an NK95 mask, which is the one recommended. In Kigali for example, an NK95 mask costs between Rwf800 and Rwf1000 (US$1). It is recommended that a mask be disposed of once used per day. On average that can add up to Rwf25,000-Rwf30,000 per month depending on one’s working days. This is not an easy call for many. Chances are, people risk reusing same masks, except for those who opt for reusable ones.  On a national scale, the mask will definitely affect disposable income and disrupt economic dimensions. There are times of when one has to choose between a meal and a mask.

5. Skin rashes, allergies 

It is said that masks, depending on the materials used, may cause allergies, itchiness, and redness on the skin. Over time, custom cloth masks eventually accumulate sweat, makeup and beauty products, automotive exhaust, pollen, and any particles floating in the air.

Indeed, like it or not, with #COVID-19 life has taken a different dimension. Short term or long term, life will never be the same.



  1. francois

    May 24, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Good to hear. The future hides great things when there is a good leadership.

  2. Ansumana Outland

    May 25, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Barbados my dream

  3. Ramana

    May 26, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Good information

    • ibrahim

      July 13, 2020 at 10:03 am

      thanks for the information

  4. Robert Rood

    May 27, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Can you give the references for these statements?

    • Jessica

      June 19, 2020 at 6:14 am

      Any sources for these statements? This article is not very credible without any sources.

    • LordMerlin Ace

      July 24, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      i think your thickheaded dude, this is fact not a myth

  5. Elize

    June 2, 2020 at 4:36 pm


    • Mary Knox

      September 15, 2020 at 11:01 am

      I am wearing a mask 6/7/8 hours a day I have been put on an inhaler as I keep getting chest and throat infection also my glands swell up like mad ,it’s making me feel so unwell

  6. bhai

    June 2, 2020 at 5:41 pm


  7. Maria

    June 12, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    I bought two masks made from cotton at a reasonable price. Yes, it does make breathing difficult and causes sight disconfort as well as itchiness but I hardly ever go out and only wear it when absolutely necessary which is at the grocery stores because I don’t go anywhere else where I would have to wear it. I try to be as quick as possible when I’m doing my groceries so I don’t have it on for that long. Everybody should wear washable masks. The easy way always has its harmful consequences.

  8. News line

    June 19, 2020 at 8:13 am

    But there is no choice but to wear a mask

    • Bonni Fisler

      June 29, 2020 at 8:46 pm

      You have a choice. Stand up for your rights. Nobody (including the Government) has the authority to require that you keep on a mask. A mask is a problem for may people that have health conditions AND you do not need to wear a mask if it will cause a health condition. You are a natural born human living on the land, and a child of God. You have natural born rights on this earth to protect yourself from harm and tyranny. Masks restrict free breathing.

      • Clarence S.

        July 1, 2020 at 1:45 am

        You do not have the right to jeopardize any body’s else’s health ashole!!!!!!!!

        • Eileen

          July 3, 2020 at 3:25 am

          Well then say goodbye to your freedoms and your children’s and grandchildren’s freedom, ashole because that’s what ur asking for.

      • Philile

        July 11, 2020 at 8:30 am

        I am feeling sick. I don’t have coronavirus but I can feel it’s the wearing of a musk. Musks are affecting our health. Stay at home.

      • Saira

        July 24, 2020 at 6:28 am

        oh it was really informative. thanks

  9. 3M 3200

    June 23, 2020 at 1:16 am

    Enjoyed reading the content above, actually explains everything in detail, the guide is very interesting and
    effective. Thank you and good luck in the articles.
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    Dinesen Schneider

  10. Ethan Tara

    June 25, 2020 at 10:53 am

    I had COPD for over three years, I was beyond scared! but sometimes I think is God prodigy that I was able to treat my COPD but herbal remedies has a big impact on my recovery. My lung function test indicated 44% capacity. After having had flu as well, the shortness of breath, coughing and chest pains continued even after being treated with antibiotics. I’ve been smoking two packs a day for 36 years. The problem was having is that I enjoy smoking and don’t want to give up! Have tried twice before and nearly went crazy and don’t want to go through that again. I saw the fear in my family eyes when I told them about my condition then they start to find solution on their own to help my condition.I am an 59 now who was diagnose COPD emphysema which I know was from my years of smoking. I started smoking in school when smoking was socially acceptable. I remember when smoking was permitted in hospitals. It was not known then how dangerous cigarettes were for us, and it seemed everybody smoked but i was able to get rid of my COPD lung condition through the help of total cure herbal foundation my husband bought, Multivitamin Herbal Care has the right herbal formula to help you get rid and repair your lungs and cure you totally with their natural organic herbs. I wish anybody who starts smoking at a young age would realize what will eventually happen to their bodies if they continue that vile habit throughout their life,it advisable to always try natural herbs at first because neutralize my COPD which surprise everyone at home.

  11. Mel S

    June 25, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    It is irresponsible to post this without references and citations so that the assertions can be checked. Articles like this with no reference to the research = garbage, fake news, and scare tactics. Not helpful at all.

    • betty

      July 15, 2020 at 6:33 am

      It is more irresponsible to read something and not verify YOURSELF if it is true or not. But, sadly, many do not know how to do this and do not trust their own inner voice for what is true. If you do not know the basics of determining logical and reasonable truths, stay off the internet because it is a dangerous place. Almost as dangerous as living your life by what the ‘experts’ say without determining for yourself what is true.

    • Chinaeatshit

      August 2, 2020 at 3:34 am

      The news dose the same thing. oh, you should wear gloves because you can touch surfaces with “COVID-19”…. but now don’t wear gloves, wear A mask instead. Crock of shit. People need to wake up before are freedoms are completely gone, and don’t tell me it’s not a freedom to put other people at danger because it shouldent matter with that price if fucking material on your face…. remember ? It’s “100%“ proven 😆

      • Cliford

        August 13, 2020 at 11:41 pm

        It’s about time were people need to wake up and do the research. We cannot try to solve problem by things that even cause more problems e.g the wearing of mask. As a country why can’t we make our own research, we all wearing mask because they said we must wear mask, question is are we solving problems or causing more problems. Think about this
        We need to find solution.

  12. Cindy Wedin

    July 21, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    The Chinese people have been wearing masks since 2003 . Has it helped them…. I think not

  13. Cindy Wedin

    July 21, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    In China masks have been worn since 2003 . I ask you , do you think they work.

  14. Cindy Wedin

    July 21, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Is this post going to disappear like the last one

  15. Cindy Wedin

    July 21, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    I’m being censored

  16. LordMerlin Ace

    July 24, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    facts require neither reference nor citation

  17. Gabryelle Skye Morlock

    July 25, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Yes it keeps you from getting sick from other people, but its not helping you much in other ways… it is also very harmful to those who already have lung conditions like cystic fibrosis or asthma… Breathing in and out new oxygen helps get rid of sickness and if you wear it having COVID, it increases your chance of dying from the disease, not from the disease itself…
    Anyway, this was very helpful information.

  18. Obanda Wafula

    July 26, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Even in dilemma, you still have to choose. So choose between a rock and a hard surface, whichever you find softer for your landing!!

  19. Eric

    August 18, 2020 at 10:48 am

    You are making sense, I can feel my immune system went down after wearing maks for a long time.
    I have stopped wearing mask as much as possible.

  20. Ann

    August 26, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    I had to wear a mask for a doctor appointment yesterday and I had loose stools. Has anyone else had this happen? I figured that after or while wearing it, maybe I was exposed to a bug and my body was not able to fight it off because of excess carbon dioxide in my body

  21. Angela

    September 9, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    How do you cope with wearing a masks for 7 hours a day while working in a store?

  22. Tijani Abdulmalik

    October 12, 2020 at 9:32 am

    This is the fact. We shouldn’t be comparing Nigerians with China. This is something you can try and see it yourself.

  23. Cathie Bauer

    October 22, 2020 at 8:17 am

    I agree with you

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