The Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID-19 Order No. 31 pertaining to face coverings states that masks or cloth face coverings are advised (note the word advised, this is not law) except where a person is unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition or the person is otherwise exempted by Department of Public Health guidance. A person who declines to wear a mask or cloth face covering because of a medical condition shall not be required to produce documentation verifying the condition [according to this order and to HIPAA Privacy Rule]. See also 105 CMR 316.030 Exceptions (which starts at the bottom of the first page) from the MA Department of Public Health also stating the same exemptions.
According to Federal Law, and the ADA Title III: Public Accommodations, and our state MA Civil Law #G.L.c.151B, all businesses (including all stores, medical establishments, and schools) cannot deny any individual (including those that do not wear a mask) free and equal access to their facility and services. Our governor and all business owners and personnel do not have the legal authority to order someone to wear a mask, or to make any policy within their business that violates established law. This video discusses a specific store out west, but also contains significant information and laws that are valid for all stores, medical establishments and schools in our area.
Are masks helpful or actually harmful, and do they really offer protection from viruses?
In this video, court-approved PPE experts, Tammy Clark and Kristen Meghan, share their knowledge about masks and their health risks, and expose government agencies and hold them accountable. Tammy and Meghan are not the best at video taping, but their PPE knowledge is very much worth sharing. Note that court approved PPE experts are the folks that train doctors and nurses how to safely wear masks, and they are also the ones that help to create the oxygen enhanced environments that enable health care workers to safely wear masks for hours. Masks have become a heated, politically charged issue, and many laws have been broken by governors and local businesses as a result, so listen to the facts that these experts have to share with an open mind. Find out more about the laws being broken in the bottom right video below.
Carbon dioxide levels between 2,000 ppm and 5,000 ppm are associated with headaches, sleepiness, poor concentration, loss of attention, increased heart rate and slight nausea. The maximum permissible daily exposure limit is 5,000 ppm. Wearing a standard surgical mask, carbon dioxide levels reached above 8,000 ppm, although it took longer. Shockingly, wearing a cloth bandana resulted in carbon dioxide buildup near the nose and mouth exceeding 8,000 ppm. A 2018 study, "Hypoxia Downregulates Protein S Expression," also describes how hypoxia (low oxygen concentration) increases your risk of blood clots by reducing protein S, which is a natural anticoagulant. Wearing a mask, especially for long periods of time, may reduce your oxygen concentration, and considering COVID-19 is associated with abnormal blood clotting, inducing hypoxia may be ill advised.