This UK doctor ran 21 miles to and back from work to prove the point that facemasks do not create hindrance in oxygen intake and also managed to raise over £1,600 for the Trussell Trust, a food bank charity working to stop UK hunger and poverty.
Tom Lawton, a doctor who has worked at the Bradford Royal Infirmary throughout the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, is here to deal with the misinformation that is spread around facemasks. Tom Lawton hails from Yorkshire, England, in his experiment to prove that facemask does not create hindrance in breathing ran 22 miles to work and back while wearing a face mask to prove a point about masks, and raise money for charity to boot.
Tom decided to document running the 22 miles from his home to his work and back, all the while wearing a face mask. The doctor not only managed to prove an important point but also raised over £1,600 for the Trussell Trust, a food bank charity working to stop UK hunger and poverty.
During his run, he was continuously live on Twitter. As he wrote on Twitter, using a SATS meter, "levels were stubbornly 98%" every time he checked them, and in total, he breathed enough oxygen for "about 10 calm people".
"Learning points: trying to do 10 people's-worth of breathing through a soaking wet mask is unpleasant, but doesn't cause hypoxia," he added in another tweet. "Cloth masks are *very* good at catching respiratory droplets!"
Soon after his run, Tom took to Twitter to give an important message: ‘Please feel free to cite this when anyone suggests they’re bad for you, and stay safe – and COVID-free. If I can run 16-21 miles masked, you can probably make it round the shops."
If you still have doubts about the importance of facemasks during this pandemic situation, perhaps you would like to take a look at this video of how different maks help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Right, I'm going to put my money where my mouth is on this mask hypoxia issue and run to work and back wearing one.— Tom Lawton (@LawtonTri) July 18, 2020
Fundraising for the Trussell Trust (food banks)
But what should I wear?https://t.co/TgEDQKIE8b
Right, today's the day. Time for Science.— Tom Lawton (@LawtonTri) July 20, 2020
All good science involves a baseline reading.
In one of these I've been wearing a mask for a couple of minutes. I'll let you guess which. pic.twitter.com/3l7wCwwVjO
Off shift at the hospital and ready for the half marathon (actually about 14 miles) home.— Tom Lawton (@LawtonTri) July 20, 2020
Cloth mask on for the last few minutes to get changed, and look at what it's done to my oxygen levels!
Still time to donate:https://t.co/TgEDQKr3gD pic.twitter.com/cQdd6nntct
Thank you so much everyone for donating - we've so far raised £1130 which I hope will help a lot of people.— Tom Lawton (@LawtonTri) July 20, 2020
Final verdict was 22.6 miles in a mask (8 miles, then just over 14), breathing enough oxygen for about 10 calm people all the way. (1/n)
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been claiming that wearing masks cause lower oxygen levels leading to hypoxia or hypoxemia, which causes symptoms like confusion and an increased heart rate. Many doctors, including Dr. Maitiu have been asked questions regarding this myth. To disregard all the questions in one go, the doc decided to put on six masks and monitor his oxygen levels.
Getting asked— Maitiu O Tuathail (@DrZeroCraic) July 14, 2020
“Does wearing a face mask lower your oxygen levels” repeatedly by patients today!
Based on what they are reading on social media
*Face coverings / masks don’t reduce your oxygen levels!*
I managed to get six face masks on + it had no effect on my oxygen levels! pic.twitter.com/qNKYa8pejx
Hence, wear your masks and stay safe.