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Health Canada advises against using masks containing graphene due to potential health risks

Last Updated Apr 4, 2021 at 8:25 am PDT

FILE: A visitor wearing a mask to protect against the spread of COVID-19 passes a sign requiring masks, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Health Canada advises Canadians not to use face masks containing graphene because there is a potential health risk

Health Canada says there is currently research to suggest early lung toxicity in animals

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) — Canadians are being asked to avoid wearing face masks that contain graphene because they may pose health risks.

Health Canada has posted an advisory explaining that inhaling graphene particles could cause “early lung toxicity in animals” based on a preliminary scientific assessment.

Masks containing graphene with COVID-19 claims have been sold and used by adults, children in schools and daycares and may have been distributed for use in health care settings.

“However, the potential for people to inhale graphene particles from face masks and the related health risks are not yet known, and may vary based on mask design,” continued the statement. “The health risk to people of any age is not clear. Variables, such as the amount and duration of exposure, and the type and characteristics of the graphene material used, all affect the potential to inhale particles and the associated health risks.“Health Canada has requested data from mask manufacturers to assess the potential health risks related to their masks that contain graphene.”

Until Health Canada can complete a thorough scientific assessment and establish the safety and effectiveness of graphene-containing face masks, it’s taking the precautionary approach by removing the masks off the market.

Provinces, territories, distributors, importers and manufacturers have all been directed to stop selling and recall affected products.

If you have a face mask that is labelled to contain graphene or biomass graphene and have health concerns “such as new or unexplained shortness of breath, discomfort or difficulty breathing,” consult your doctor.