Silver writing. Hypoxia is a diminished supply of oxygen to the body. I’ve been trained about hypoxia – recognizing it, the dangers, contributing factors.
Hypoxia is extremely dangerous because it makes most people feel happy and overconfident. They act as if they are drunk. They deny that there is any problem, even as they lose the ability to perform simple tasks.
This video shows a pilot undergoing hypoxia training. He’s in a chamber where the pressure can be lowered to simulate various altitudes. The training simulates an explosive decompression, and while it doesn’t specify the simulated altitude, it’s above 26,000 feet.
Watch that 3+ minute video. Notice how quickly and completely the pilot is incapacitated. Unable to perform a simple task, he has no idea that he is impaired. He would have lost consciousness and died without assistance.
I was struck by a number of recent videos posted to the internet showing people wearing masks acting as if they were profoundly incapacitated. A woman who can’t park her car at the gas station so that the filling port is next to the pump. She fails several times before someone coaches her. A man who can’t figure out how to close the hatch on his own car. I’ve also seen multiple disturbing videos of people getting into fist fights while wearing masks. Fist fights happen in bars, but these are in stores, on the sidewalk, in parking lots. The people don’t look or fight like street fighters.
The comments tend to remark on the stupidity of these people, but that’s just not plausible. These people are failing to complete normal everyday activities, and something is dreadfully wrong.
It’s not difficult to find the cause. Despite constant MSM denials that masks cause hypoxia, it’s easy to show that they do. I traveled by jet recently, and brought a pulse oximeter along. It’s a small device that clips on your finger and measures the saturation level of oxygen in your blood (called O2 sat). Healthy people have 95% to nearly 100% saturation. Anything below 90% is considered low. If O2 sat falls to the low 80s, vital organs can be damaged, and death is a possibility. But just like the pilot, most people with low O2 sat due to hypoxia not only don’t notice any symptoms, but claim to feel fine and believe they are perfectly normal.
A jet airplane at cruise altitude has reduced cabin pressure, equivalent to about 8,500 feet altitude on most flights. I measured my O2 sat with the oximeter; it had fallen from 98% at sea level to 95% at cruise altitude. Since I live near sea level, this wasn’t surprising or alarming.
Then I put on a simple cloth mask. Within minutes the oximeter was beeping in alarm. My O2 sat levels had fallen below 88% and were still dropping when I took the mask off.
This man has a much better instrument, a hazardous gas monitor. They measure oxygen in the atmosphere and detect dangerous gases like carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide.
Normal oxygen concentration is close to 20.5%. OSHA regulations forbid sending workers into a space with less than 19.5% oxygen. When I was wearing these monitors, we were trained never to enter an area with less than 19.5% oxygen with without special training, written procedures, breathing apparatus that supplies air or oxygen, and a team outside with another equipped person to monitor.
In the video, the gas monitor reads normally when the intake tube is held at the corner of the man’s mouth. When he puts on a mask, the oxygen level immediately falls to 17.4%.
If an employer sent employees into a space with 17.4% oxygen, they would be subject to fines and in egregious cases could face criminal charges. Yet many states and far too many stores are coercing people into exactly those conditions.
All of the governors edicts that I’ve read contain exceptions for medical conditions. The dictat by WA state (PDF) is typical. It offers an exception for
Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. This includes, but is not limited to, persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could obstruct breathing…
The WA website with FAQs about the latest dictat:
Should I say something if someone near me isn’t wearing a face covering?
No. Someone may have a medical reason for not wearing a face covering. Whether those around you are wearing face coverings or not, focus on keeping 6 feet of distance between you and washing your hands often.
I have a reason I cannot wear a face covering. Am I required to document or prove that?
No, the order does not require that.
Hypoxia is potentially life-threatening; I don’t intend to risk it.