A chiropractic doctor in Victoria, B.C., is under investigation after writing a letter to his regional newspaper that incorrectly recommends using a mask can trigger “unsafe” build-ups of carbon dioxide.
On Saturday, the Victoria Times Colonist released a letter to the editor from chiropractor Richard Lambert, composed in response to an earlier pro-mask letter. A few of Lambert's letter falls in line with the suggestions of B.C. health officials, who have stated that masks are not a silver bullet for stopping the spread of COVID-19 and suggest using face coverings in scenarios where two-metre ranges can't be kept. But Lambert's letter also includes a commonly debunked claim about the possible
threats of wearing a mask.”Excess mask-wearing time can lead to dangerous CO2 build-up triggering headaches, lightheadedness and decreased mental functioning, together with rebreathing of exhaled particulates and bacteria, “Lambert writes. The letter has actually not been published on the Times-Colonist's site, but isreadily available on the digital newspaper site PressReader.com.
The College of Chiropractors of B.C. was alerted to the existence of the letter after the very same paper published a counterclaim from Dr. Wayne Ghesquiere, an infectious illness professional at the University of B.C.
Ghesquiere called Lambert's claims “deceptive and straight-out wrong.”
In an email Thursday, registrar Michelle da Roza stated the college's query committee is now examining the letter.
“Because the matter is now under examination, I can not comment particularly aside from to state that the claims in the letter are of concern to the college. We take these matters very seriously,” da Roza stated.
No remark from chiropractor
Reached by phone on Thursday, Lambert stated he was unaware of the investigation or the college's concerns.
“That is the college's position and I have no remark at the moment as I have actually heard absolutely nothing from them,” he said.
The claim that masks cause accumulation of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases has actually been challenged by many health experts in recent weeks. Researchers state co2 particles are tiny and do not collect in considerable amounts inside a fabric face covering.
Dr. Susy Hota, medical director of infection avoidance and control at Toronto's University Health Network, told CBC previously this month that she has not seen any clinical evidence to support claims of co2 accumulation.
As Dr. Jennifer Kwan, a family physician in Burlington, Ont., explained, physician wear masks throughout the day and “it has actually not triggered medical professionals or nurses or cosmetic surgeons any damage.”
For her part, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has said masks are safe for the majority of people to wear, and they do not deprive the wearer of oxygen or exacerbate asthma or other lung conditions.
She has resisted calls to implement any necessary mask rules, but urges those who can wear a face covering to do so in confined spaces where physical distancing isn't possible, calling it a matter of courtesy.
Since the novel coronavirus can be spread out by individuals who have no symptoms, masks can help prevent beads from a contaminated person from reaching those around them.
Chiropractors are not trained in dealing with or avoiding contagious disease.
The B.C. college has previously alerted a handful of chiropractic doctors versus marketing supplements or spinal adjustments they declared could build resistance against COVID-19.