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Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by aminulive: 3:53pm On May 21, 2020
FALSE
As part of efforts to curb the Coronavirus pandemic across the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended the use of face masks.

In Nigeria for instance, it has been compulsory for every household to use it and failure to comply may lead to the arrest of defaulters by security operatives.

Meanwhile, since the outbreak of the pandemic, there has been an increase in the price of pharmaceutical facemasks and the hike poses a danger to a large section of Nigerians who can hardly put food on their tables in this critical period.

Hence, the need for a new initiative, an alternative facemask which is very affordable, in comes the 'Ankara' Facemask. Although Ankara material is not indigenous to Nigeria, it has become the material for native wears in the country, especially in the South. It is 100% fine cotton fabric tightly woven in plain weave before different motifs and patterns are printed on it through various dyeing techniques.

Owing to the vastness of the Ankara fabric in the African market (Nigeria to be precise), it is easy for tailors to make face masks from pieces in their workshop and sell to Nigerians at a cheaper price. It does not have an expiry date and it is washable. It is usually sold for just N100.

Unfortunately, there have been different conspiracy theories online and among many folks claiming that it is wrong for healthy people to wear face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic, in fact, emphasis has been laid on Ankara facemasks.

“Dr. Russell Blaylock warns that not only do face masks fail to protect the healthy from getting sick, but they also create serious health risks to the wearer. The bottom line is that if you are not sick, you should not wear an Ankara face mask", a WhatsApp message obtained by POLITICS NIGERIA read.

Verification

As often done with every erroneous report, this newspaper carried out an independent check on the claim rubbishing the use of Ankara face masks. While there is no evidence to back the conspiracy theories and the particular harm that may arise from the use of local face masks, POLITICS NIGERIA reached out to experts.

A medical practitioner in Lagos, Taiwo Suraj, disclosed that no harm can occur from the use of Ankara face masks since it does not affect breathing.

"It is so glaring that the very old face mask is not in circulation at the moment due to an increase in the number of demands. So, it is a wise thing that people find an alternative and it is used even by government officials. There is no any empirical evidence that Ankara face masks will hurt or is risky for use. That claim is not substantial"

A consultant at Royal Hospital, also in Lagos, Funke Ajayi, told POLITICS NIGERIA that "mask is mask regardless of the materials except for children under the age of two and people with breathing problems."

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC.gov) also advises the wearing of cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

The Apex health organization also recommends the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.[

Conclusion

Considering the above findings, it is FALSE to state that the Ankara facemask will harm its user or not protect the user from the COVID-19 Virus.

https://politicsnigeria.com/fact-check-will-ankara-facemasks-cause-harm-to-users-amidst-coronavirus/

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by Iyiataata92: 4:30pm On May 21, 2020
As often done with every erroneous report, this newspaper carried out an independent check on the claim rubbishing the use of Ankara face masks. While there is no evidence to back the conspiracy theories and the particular harm that may arise from the use of local face masks, POLITICS NIGERIA
reached out to experts

First of all, you failed as a journalist by calling a report ''erroneous'' and a ''conspiracy theory'' even before you've made enquiries to verify the report.
That is biased journalism.

Meanwhile,speaking from personal experience, Ankara facemask is dangerous to health. When I breath out, before all the exhaled CO2 passes out through the clothing, I'll need to breath in again, and in that instant, I'll take back some of the stale air I pushed out and the effect is felt immediately through my nostrils up to my eyes.
I don't need doctors and WHO to advise me on this cos I already know it's harmful and I don't use it

Call Your Police

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by Seun(m): 5:04pm On May 21, 2020
aminulive:
As part of efforts to curb the Coronavirus pandemic across the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended the use of face masks.
Can you point us to where the World Health Organization officially recommended the use of face-masks? It would be very helpful, thanks.

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by fkj950ax(m): 5:09pm On May 21, 2020
Seun:

Can you point us to where the World Health Organization officially recommended the use of face-masks? It would be very helpful, thanks.

WHO is not in support of it, but has not come out to say no to mask.

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question-and-answers-hub/q-a-detail/q-a-on-covid-19-and-masks#

* It is possible that mask use, with unclear benefits, could create a false sense of security in the wearer, leading to diminished practice of recognized beneficial preventive measures such as physical distancing and hand hygiene*

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by TallPck1(m): 5:22pm On May 21, 2020
I personally would not encourage the use of the Ankara face mask base on the fact that it ain't safe.

I understand the fact that alot of our local tailors have taken the advantage to produce bulk of it now flooding the market but it is not safe. We need to be cautious.

N95, KN95, M3 still remains the best.


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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by Slawormir: 5:22pm On May 21, 2020
Damnnnnn niggarrr
Isoright

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by ursullalinda(f): 5:22pm On May 21, 2020
Both the clinical and the Ankara one is very incoveniencing......gush I hate this face mask thing to a fault.....can't wait for this Coro stuff to be over......just that wearing it gives you false confidence of being protected.

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by Nobody: 5:22pm On May 21, 2020
People just dey cash out seriously from this Covid-19.
It's 150 - 200 in my area ooo
Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by MyVILLAGEpeople(m): 5:23pm On May 21, 2020
Why do we even wear facemasks when it doesn't even protect one from the virus??.. WHO even said recently that wearing facemasks too often may lead to another health problem.

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by Sonfethopia: 5:23pm On May 21, 2020
They should give us the kind of mask shina peters and the guys at house of assembly are Wearing . stingy govt.

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by ChizzyBuna(m): 5:23pm On May 21, 2020
Do you know how many chemicals go into the production of an Ankara cloth?? That gives it that fabric smell.

Continue inhaling Chemicals From Ankara materials
Inhaling Chemicals used to color and dye ankara cloth for long time is harmful.

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by ahmEenu(m): 5:23pm On May 21, 2020
it'snot harmful but it is useless, doesn't protect
you from anything.

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by Daum: 5:24pm On May 21, 2020
Are these harmful

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by ThatFairGuy: 5:24pm On May 21, 2020
Do we have ANYTHING that doesn't have side effects?

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by FGonline: 5:24pm On May 21, 2020
All face mask is harmful




I feel weak,as I'm not receiving enough air 4d day.

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by Joystark(f): 5:25pm On May 21, 2020
I don't think they can do the job as well as the surgical masks.
But, when the desirable is not available...
The available becomes desirable..

Would probable make my own mask from socks when I have to leave the house.

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by SirWarlock: 5:25pm On May 21, 2020
Someone should correct me if I'm wrong but didn't WHO say masks should be worn by sick people or people showing covid symptoms? Have they officially recommended the use of different grades of face masks?

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by fruqy(m): 5:25pm On May 21, 2020
Iyiataata92:


First of all, you failed as a journalist by calling a report ''erroneous'' and a ''conspiracy theory'' even before you've made enquiries to verify the report.
That is biased journalism.

Meanwhile,speaking from personal experience, Ankara facemask is dangerous to health. When I breath out, before all the exhaled CO2 passes out through the clothing, I'll need to breath in again, and in that instant, I'll take back some of the stale air I pushed out and the effect is felt immediately through my nostrils up to my eyes.
I don't need doctors and WHO to advise me on this cos I already know it's harmful and I don't use it

Call Your Police

Look at this one writing grammar.

Even the recommended face masks are not to be worn all the time because you can't breathe out 100% before inhaling it again. Ankara face masks if sewn well is better that most face masks parading the streets.

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by lilyheaven: 5:25pm On May 21, 2020
I tried it once, was feeling suffocating, I haven't tried it since then.

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by ahmEenu(m): 5:26pm On May 21, 2020
angry
Daum:
Are these harmful
are these Ankara facemask � >:

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by nolyyy(m): 5:26pm On May 21, 2020
With face mask, u inhale back ur exhaled CO2 which is ur body waste... It's just like eating back ur poo

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by SirWarlock: 5:27pm On May 21, 2020
ahmEenu:
it'snot harmful but it is useless, doesn't protect
you from anything.
yea the idea is about protecting others not necessarily yourself. You're protected if one also reciprocates the act

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by safarigirl(f): 5:27pm On May 21, 2020
I will never understand why Nigerians choose to speak awful English like "There is no any...."

I get it's not our native language, but a grown adult with a formal education, should be well versed in spoken English, to know not to construct such sentences angry

Leave 'any' out of it. Such English will only be tolerated from children.

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Re: Are Ankara Facemasks Harmful? (Fact Check By PoliticsNigeria: FALSE) by braveheart77: 5:28pm On May 21, 2020
Seun:

Can you point us to where the World Health Organization officially recommended the use of face-masks? It would be very helpful, thanks.

The reason masks should be used by all is because not every sick person actually uses a mask to prevent them from spreading the virus. Infact many people with the virus don't know they have the virus..

If its 100% certain that all sick people will use a mask, then probably there is no need for healthy people to use a mask.

As per Ankara mask, I'm struggling to see how it is different from the regular blue masks that sell 400 naira in pharmacies. Although for the blue masks I'm sure the material lining on the outside is different from that on the inside (probably making breathing process work normally), i cant say this for the ankara masks, i guess further research is necessary.

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