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Research findings contradict statements linking wearing face masks to carbon dioxide poisoning by trapping CO2

October 2, 2020 – New research findings contradict statements linking wearing face masks to carbon dioxide poisoning by trapping CO2. During the COVID-19 pandemic the wearing of face masks has become a highly political issue with some individuals falsely claiming that wearing face masks may be putting people’s health at risk. The study published in the Annals of […]

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Countries with early adoption of face masks showed modest COVID-19 infection rates

June 24, 2020 – Regions with an early interest in face masks had milder COVID-19 epidemics, according to a new letter-to-the-editor published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. In “COVID-19 and Public Interest in Face Mask Use,” researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong shared findings from their analysis of how […]

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American Thoracic Society: Relaxing Environmental Rules Shows Poor Judgment in the Midst of COVID-19 Outbreak

March 27, 2020 – Following reports of the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to implement broad changes that would relax environmental rules, the American Thoracic Society expressed disappointment with the plan. The ATS views the EPA’s announcement that it is exercising enforcement discretion on essential environmental health protections with great concern. While we understand and appreciate […]

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2017 San Diego wildfire increased pediatric ER visits for breathing problems

Jan. 6, 2020 – A small wildfire in San Diego County in 2017 resulted in a big uptick in children visiting the emergency room for breathing problems, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. In “Increase in Pediatric Respiratory Visits Associated with Santa Ana Wind-driven Wildfire Smoke and […]