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Harmful substances discovered in masks distributed to schools in Swiss canton

An association of concerned parents from the Italian-speaking Swiss canton of Ticino had face masks analyzed and published the worrying report.

Published: February 4, 2022, 8:19 am

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    In September 2020 and January 2022 , the magazine K-Tipp published analyzes of FFP2 masks. These revealed that all masks examined contained pollutants that can cause headaches, skin irritation and respiratory irritation. Some of these substances, such as dimethylacetamide and toluene, are even suspected of damaging fetuses and fertility in women.

    In Ticino, the wearing of a mask has also been compulsory for elementary school students since January 10. That is why the Association of Concerned Parents GenitorInformaTI had its own analysis carried out in a German special laboratory based on the findings of K-Tipp, as reported on its website. This was made possible thanks to a call for donations from the association. Masks distributed to schools in Ticino were examined.

    The analysis revealed that both Swiss and Chinese masks contain problematic substances like those mentioned by K-Tipp. So it cannot be said that the masks are harmless, GenitorInformaTI underlined on their website.

    According to the analysis, the substances contained in the masks distributed to schools in Ticino can also irritate the respiratory tract and cause allergic reactions, asthma and problems with the endocrine system.

    “Regarding the principle of caution, such substances should not be included in the masks, especially masks intended for children,” concluded GenitorInformaTI.

    Professor Michael Braungart, director at the Hamburg Environmental Institute and co-founder of the world-renowned Cradle to Cradle environmental standard has told Ecotextile News that mask-wearers risk breathing in carcinogens.

    “What we are breathing through our mouth and nose is actually hazardous waste,” according to Braungart. Masks contain the known carcinogen aniline as well as formaldehyde and optical brighteners – all heavily restricted by European and US health authorities.

    Parents are exposing their off-spring to great risk, since masks are not safe especially because the risks of Covid have been categorically demonstrated to be miniscule for children. And at least 30 studies have shown masks to be generally useless.

    The Catalan Society of Pediatrics demanded on Tuesday that all masks requirements in schools be ended as soon as possible. Governments that mandate masks containing toxic chemicals and fibres which may have long-term effects, could soon face personal injury claims.

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