Harmful Effects of Mask Wearing

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Harms from mask wearing include the following physical problems:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Nosebleeds
  • Skin reactions, rash, acne
  • Eye problems
  • Dry mouth or bad breath

The mental and psychological harms of face coverings include:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression and feelings of isolation
  • Hopelessness and lack of motivation
  • Fear and feelings of dread
  • Lack of concentration
  • Emotional exhaustion
  • Dehumanization and humiliation
The social harms of mask wearing include:

  • Difficulty connecting with others
  • Hinder facial recognition
  • Alters verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Reduced social cohesion
  • Social isolation and loneliness

Masks also create a perfect environment for criminals. The normalization of wearing masks in public is giving criminals an easy opportunity to conceal their identities and commit their crimes. Missing children are also harder to identify.


Recent studies estimate that we use an astounding 129 billion face masks globally every month – that is 3 million a minute.

3.4 billion face masks or face shields are discarded every day. China, with the world’s largest population (1.4 billion) discards nearly 702 million face masks daily.

According to a 2020 OceansAsia Report, an estimated 1.56 billion masks will have entered oceans in 2020, resulting in an additional 4.680 to 6,240 metric tonnes of marine plastic pollution.

Disposable masks take as long as 450 years to break down, slowly turning into micro plastics while negatively impacting marine wildlife and ecosystems.