Doctor Runs In His Facemask For 21 Miles To Work To Prove They Don’t Lower Oxygen Levels
Health and Fitness
On 23rd July 2020
This doctor has proven an important point related to misinformation surrounding the use of facemasks during the pandemic. Tom Lawton, a doctor who has worked at the Bradford Royal Infirmary throughout the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, decided to document running the 22 miles from his home to his work and back, all while wearing a face mask.
A doctor from Yorkshire, England ran 22 miles to and back from work to prove an important point concerning the use of facemask during this pandemic and to raise money for charity to boot. Tom Lawton, a doctor who has worked at the Bradford Royal Infirmary throughout the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, has seen the worst of what the virus can do to people, and is now committed to fighting against the misinformation that is spread against the virus especially facemasks that they can limit the oxygen intake.
In order to prove this, Tom decided to document running the 22 miles from his home to his work and back, all while wearing a face mask. Through this, the doctor not only proved that masks have a limited impact on oxygen intake but at the time of writing, has raised over £1,600 for the Trussell Trust, a food bank charity working to stop UK hunger and poverty.
Tom kept the mask on for the entire duration of his run, which was almost the distance of a marathon. 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!"
After his little experiment, Tom took to twitter, ‘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."