He raised money for charity while debunking concerns as misinformation.
Doctor Tom Lawton at Yorkshire’s Bradford Royal Infirmary recently ran his journey to and from work: a total of 22 miles. He did this run with a mask on to show that it doesn’t affect oxygen levels.
In England, since July 24, mask-wearing has been mandatory in stores. But some have been protesting against this rule, and others are afraid to wear masks:
There are a lot of people out there who just don’t want to wear a mask and will find any excuse they can but the people I’m more concerned about are people with respiratory illnesses , who would like to wear a mask, would like to do their bit, but are scared because there have been reports that it causes hypoxia [a condition where the body is deprived of oxygen], I’ve seen some reports about people dropping dead while wearing masks.Tom Lawton
Lawton used both his understanding of science and a pulse-oximeter in his quest to prove conspiracy theorists wrong and alleviate the worries of concerned citizens.
Running uses 10 times the oxygen that sitting still does. So, Lawton ran. He proved that even people who are less healthy and need more oxygen shouldn’t worry about their oxygen levels. With his pulse-oximeter, he found that his oxygen levels didn’t drop more than 2% at any point in the run.
As well, his run raised money for charity. So far, he has accrued upwards of £3,000 for a hunger charity, the Trussell Trust. He said that COVID-19 has made food poverty challenges worse for many families.
His city of Bradford in Yorkshire, England, is “one of the hardest-hit areas from COVID-19, it’s an area where there is a significant ethnic minority population, there’s a lot of deprivation.” He heard that the foodbanks were registering twice as much need as before the pandemic started.
To support them, you can donate to his fundraiser on GoFundMe.
Article source: Newsweek
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