N.J. driver wearing N95 mask passes out and crashes car, possibly due to ‘insufficient oxygen’: cops

Lincoln Park Police shared a harrowing photo of the mangled car in a Facebook post Friday and suggested the mask played role in the wreck. (Lincoln Park Police Department)

By NANCY DILLON NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |APR 24, 2020 AT 7:50 PM

My cmnt: Watch the video of the RN showing the PROPER way (i.e., only effective way to use the only effective mask) to don and doff an N95 facial mask. You will see that NO one does this and that almost EVERY one wears a totally useless (i.e., common, blue paper or the absolutely worst and counterproductive cloth) mask. I have visited many people in the hospital and have NEVER seen an attending nurse do all the steps listed in the video nor do they wear N95 masks. How could they? It would take up too much valuable time and as hard as they work they would not be able to breathe. And masks are for show anyway. Masks are worthless and Fauci wants us to get in line for conformity and virtue signaling.

My cmnt 2: While Fauci currently recommends masks, he did not feel the same way in March, telling CBS News’ Dr. Jon LaPook that “there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is,” Fauci said at the time.And, often, there are unintended consequences — people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face,” he added.

A New Jersey motorist who’d been wearing an N95 mask for several hours crashed head-on into a pole Thursday, sparking debate over the safety of wearing masks while driving alone.

Lincoln Park Police shared a harrowing photo of the mangled car in a Facebook post and suggested the mask likely played role in the lone-occupant, single-car collision.

“The crash is believed to have resulted from the driver wearing an N95 mask for several hours and subsequently passing out behind the wheel due to insufficient oxygen intake/excessive carbon dioxide intake,” police said in the post.

They said while masks should be used in public settings to prevent the spread of COVID-19, they’re “not necessary when driving a vehicle with no additional occupants.”

Police said the unidentified driver was transported to a hospital after complaining of pain.

“It is not believed that any life threatening injuries were sustained,” police said.

The initial Facebook post sparked immediate controversy. Some suggested the driver may have suffered from an underlying condition that led to the incident. Others said blaming the mask might send the wrong message, and in some cases, people wait to remove their masks until after they’ve returned home and washed their hands.

The department later updated its original post to address the debate.

“Police officers are not physicians and do not know the medical history of every person we encounter. We conduct accident scene investigations using training, experience and observations at the scene to determine a cause. It was stated in the original post that we ‘believed’ the excessive wearing of an N95 mask was a contributing factor to this accident,” the department said.

One Facebook user who identified herself as a physician agreed that mask use while driving alone can present some risk.

“I AM a physician. I shared your original post because it makes total sense,” Jennie O’Lera wrote. “And it is positively useless and inappropriate to wear a mask by yourself driving your car for several reasons, with very few appropriate exceptions.”

She said when worn “appropriately” over the bridge of the nose, N95 masks can affect a driver’s line of sight.

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