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The claim: Face masks cause staph infections.
Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of face masks in public in April, misinformation about the consequences of mask-wearing has spread on social media.
A subset of users has falsely claimed that rather than promoting health, masks are actually a detriment to it – by weakening the immune system or causing carbon dioxide poisoning, among other assertions.
The latest claim to make the rounds is that wearing face masks causes staph infections.
A few widely shared posts contain dozens of screenshots of tweets that claim to be individuals’ stories of mask-related staph infections.
“27 different people are saying this …” one user wrote alongside the tweets, which include photos and anecdotes about staph infections and other mask-related issues.
The user did not respond to