Ramifications of restricted breathing


When hearing the terms hypercapnia, hypoxia, and deoxygenation, one might make the assumption that we require a dramatic change in saturation levels for extended periods of time in order for it to be harmful. 

If someone falls into a pool and spends time without oxygen, we have this assumption that just like in the movies, everything snaps back to normal, health-wise, after CPR and a little spit-up. But every second counts with carbon dioxide increases and oxygen decreases – and just like mothers are often rushed into operating rooms to save their unborn children with falling saturation levels during birth, we must consider every moment a child’s breathing is restricted by masks to be just as potentially damaging, as has been found in this recent JAMA publication

Child masks are especially dangerous, as they are unregulated, with no efficacy or safety standards, and no two are alike, so while one child may seem to breathe freely and have no visible signs of distress, another child could have a similar-looking but far more restrictive apparatus on, and no one would be any the wiser. Furthermore, viewing of facial cues as well as tooth, tongue, and lip placement is required for linguistic and social onset and development. Children are being denied access to critical building blocks of appropriate language and interpersonal skill development.

Impact on the Unborn 

Deoxygenation and hypercapnia can have permanent impacts on human growth and development, and we can anticipate profoundly incapacitating conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, in addition to lower birth rates, as a result of mandated masking of expectant mothers. Stillbirth rates have increased fourfold in mandating regions.(1, 2). Mandated masking has an impact on all lives, even the unborn.  

A sharp decline was seen in births immediately following the 1918 pandemic, and a marked increase in stillbirths has been seen in regions with mandated masking (1).

Respiratory volume decreases have been demonstrated in pregnant women in N95s (the baseline minimum PPE standard under OSHA for SARS-Cov-2-size particulates), and requirement of any sub-grade non-mitigating apparatuses is OSHA non-compliant. 

Prior to the COVID-19 era, if an employee was required to wear a sub-grade apparatus for a known hazard with specific mitigation parameters, there were certainly steep fines to be expected. Worker protection agencies’ credibility is critical in keeping workers safe from real exposure hazards, so it has been both shocking and horrifying to see protective standards tossed out the window. 

Medical consent and medical clearance are part of workplace usage requirements, and extended wear results in the necessity of an apparatus with an air supply line, yet children and essential workers alike have had no medical clearance for the largely unregulated apparatuses they have been required to don as a condition of access. 

Masks have been shown to be an absolute petri dish for deadly pathogenic accumulation after short periods of wear.  

The result of these oversights has been a year of deoxygenating, hypercapnia-inducing, compulsory use of unregulated apparatuses without efficacy standards for the pathogen at hand, and we remain no better prepared in event of a future, deadlier pathogen. Furthermore, the physiological effects of hypoxia and hypercapnia mirror the symptoms reported as the dreaded “Long COVID,” so how are we expected  to differentiate one from the other? 

Megan Mansell is a former district education director over special populations integration, serving students who are profoundly disabled, immunocompromised, undocumented, autistic, and behaviorally challenged; she also has a background in hazardous environs PPE applications. She is experienced in writing and monitoring protocol implementation for immunocompromised public sector access under full ADA/OSHA/IDEA compliance. She can be reached at [email protected]

More references

Deoxygenation, hypercapnia, and physiological impact studies:

Dr. Huber et al published their paper on mask dangers, including hypoxia and hypercapnia, in November of 2020, facing heavy censorship for trying to bring light to these very real dangers.






Other relevant citations and references:

Linguistic development and child-specific challenges: 



Articles and media considerations

Reopening schools under current federal law compliance in more protective measures: https://rationalground.com/using-the-bubble-isolate-concept-to-reopen-schools-without-universal-masking/  

Reopening society in a structured, protective manner:



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