An NHS doctor has demonstrated how masks do not affect breathing – before he urges everyone to “stop being selfish” and help protect the country.
In the video shared with Twitter, Dr. Joshua Wolrich, 30, from London, can be seen next to a medical device checking its oxygen saturation levels before and after wearing a mask – and the numbers don’t change,
The caption is next to the video, which has garnered over 18,000 likes reads: “Masks do not categorically reduce oxygen saturation. This is a lie made up by those who believe that the pandemic is a hoax and that wearing a mask somehow violates their rights. This is not a question of freedom. ‘
Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, Joshua, who wears a mask during his 12-hour shifts, explained, “When I see people making excuses online and pretending that things aren’t real, then of course it’s incredibly furious.
“It is difficult enough to have the number of conversations with survivors in recent months because of what is going on. I don’t want to do that anymore. ‘
Dr. Joshua Wolrich (photo) from Surbiton, South West London, shared a video on Twitter showing how masks don’t affect breathing
After showing that his oxygen saturation levels did not change after wearing a mask, the surgeon explained (photo): ‘Masks don’t have the ability to reduce your oxygen – that’s medically false.’
Dr. Joshua wrote, “This is a lie made up as an excuse for those who believe that the pandemic is a hoax and that wearing a mask somehow violates their rights. This is not a question of freedom ‘(photo)
In the clip, which has since gone viral, the surgeon begins by saying, “A public service announcement, if I can, about wearing masks and oxygen saturation.
This, on my finger, records the oxygen saturation of my blood and my heartbeat. This highest number is the oxygen saturation. Everything between 94 and 100 is completely normal.
“I don’t have a respiratory condition, so for me it’s around 99. The bottom number is my heart rate. Anything over 100 is too fast and mine is fast because I am not happy to make this video.
“Now I’m going to put on my mask, something I see regularly while working as a surgeon and I’m going to show you that this oxygen saturation number is not changing.
Masks don’t have the ability to reduce your oxygen – that’s medically false. ‘
He continues, “Stop making things up, stop listening to people who make things up and don’t turn this into a political issue. Masks help protect you and protect others. If you are asked to wear them, do so. Don’t be more selfish. ‘
Joshua (photo) said he spends much of his time researching medical and nutritional myths online
Dr. Joshua went on to say that “taking care of the safety and well-being of others means putting aside your discomfort” (photo)
In a subsequent post under the video, the surgeon wrote, “If you wear a scarf around your face when it’s cold, you can wear a mask over your face during a pandemic. Giving others the safety and well-being of others means putting aside your discomfort and choosing to follow the best advice we have right now. ‘
I fully understand the impact that mental health and anxiety can have on wearing masks; these tweets are not aimed at you.
The masks like the ones in my video are used to reduce the DROPLET and not AIRBORNE transmission. N95s do the latter, but they must be rigorously tested to work and we can’t (and don’t have) that for everyone.
“We know very well that they will not completely prevent the transmission of COVID-19, but will reduce it. We have good evidence for that. Something doesn’t have to be foolproof to be useful. ‘
Speaking to FEMAIL about why he decided to make the video, Joshua explained, “I spend a lot of my time breaking through health and nutrition myths.
One of the main arguments people try to use about why they shouldn’t wear a mask when it’s dangerous and affects their oxygen and carbon dioxide levels. I wanted to make a simple video to show that the oxygen saturation levels do not change when you wear a mask. ‘
Dr. Joshua posted a second video after several people told him the test was too short (photo)
The NHS physician (photo) said that if he can wear the mask while chatting patients and going up and down stairs, others can wear them in a store for 30 minutes
The surgeon shared his O2 sats after wearing this particular mask at work today for 2 hours since his last break (photo)
He added, “It is important to emphasize that this is not a political problem, it is a health problem. It is not a conspiracy. We don’t make this stuff up because we want to. I have not been asked to put an end to this, it is I who are making these videos because as a doctor I want to make sure we take care of the health of the country, ‘
However, not everyone was convinced by the first demonstration of Dr. Joshua and said the test was too short – so to prove his point, he went on to record a longer version.
In a second Tweet, he wrote: “For those who said the test was too short, here are my O2 sats after wearing this particular mask today> 2 hours at work since my last break.
“Patients chat and go up and down stairs. Still no hypoxia. The vast majority of you can wear them in a store for 30 minutes. ‘
Commenting on the reaction of the video, Joshua told FEMAIL: “Some of it is not surprising. Some of it is daunting. The response was overwhelmingly positive, but with everything you tend to focus on the negative.
“It was interesting to see what impact this has and will continue to have on people who have valid concerns about how they will feel, such as wearing masks, people with severe anxiety or claustrophobia who may be struggling.
“I think it will be difficult to make sure that although we control each other in some way, we don’t use it to bother each other.”
Otherwise, it’s just the same old people who believe this is a conspiracy to get us vaccinated and that there is no virus and it is all a lie. ‘