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The constant wearing of the face mask to protect people from becoming infected by COVID virus has potential drawbacks that should be given serious consideration.

The air we exhale is made up of CO2, and moisture from our lungs and small amounts of mucus from our mouth as we talk, sneeze or laugh is deposited on the mask over time, accumulating varying amounts of moisture that the mask collects, becoming wet. This moist mouth cover is touched, pushed about, adjusted and constantly taken on, off, and pocketed over many times. People’s hands touch many, many objects collecting germs that are deposited on these masks, creating a Petri dish of possible serious sickness.

Moisture plus heat plus bacteria plus time equals potential illness.

Ergo, follow the science, not the politics.

Michael C. Gioia

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