Kourtney Kardashian is accused of spreading misinformation about blue surgical masks worn during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: REUTERS / Danny Moloshok)
Kourtney Kardashian is being called for spreading misinformation about the health risks of blue surgical masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a post on her Instagram story, the reality star claimed the masks caused cancer and was struck online. Now the American Cancer Society has issued a disproving statement.
It all started on Halloween when Kourtney, 41, shared a note that “those blue masks that are required in grocery stores and airplanes are made of PTFE, a synthetic fluoride carcinogen.” PTFE is the chemical compound polytetrafluoroethylene that is made into nonstick Features like Teflon is included.
“According to Cancer.Org, it increases the risk of liver, testicular, pancreas, kidney and breast tumors + ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, preeclampsia and high cholesterol,” said Kourtney’s statement. “High exposure can lead to flu-like symptoms and bleeding in the lungs that lead to suffocation.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend wearing face masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The most terrible thing that can happen on Halloween this year is Kourtney Kardashian posting this extremely ridiculous post about blue masks with no medical evidence or evidence. It’s just a random screenshot. Medical professionals around the world wear them, but this screenshot means it’s true … pic.twitter.com/F96Fe9cVUG
– ZoeT (@ ZoeT3) October 31, 2020
The American Cancer Society was listed as a source of information, but the news was condemned Tuesday by an organization spokesman.
“There is no evidence to suggest that the presence of PTFE in a mask causes cancer,” says Dr. William Cance, ACS medical and scientific director, told Yahoo Entertainment. “As a surgical oncologist, I’ve worn masks with thousands of healthcare colleagues for years to protect patients from the spread of infections.”
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Social media has not been a friendly place for the Kardashians lately.
Kendall Jenner was recently beaten up for throwing a Halloween party amid the pandemic when COVID-19 cases surfaced in the US. That came days after Kim Kardashian flew to a private island with her family and friends to celebrate her 40th birthday. However, Khloé Kardashian, having overcome her own COVID-19 diagnosis, defended the trip.
“This year has been a frustrating year,” Khloé told Ellen DeGeneres. “I think there is so much frustration for everyone. But it’s her 40th too, and that’s something she really wanted to do for us. It was such a beautiful thing! “
Kourtney, who attended both Kendall’s and Kim’s soirees, has not yet commented on the mask debacle.
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