Kourtney Kardashian has been criticised for sharing a post falsely claiming that face masks increase the risk of cancer.
The 41-year-old posted a conspiracy theory to her Instagram story, available to be viewed by her 102 million followers, which shared baseless claims about surgical face masks used to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The unattributed warning read: ‘Those Blue Masks Mandated at grocery stores & airplanes are made of PTFE, a carcinogen made from synthetic fluoride.
‘According to Cancer.Org it increases the risk of liver, testicle, pancreas, kidney & breast tumours + ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, preeclampsia and high cholesterol. High exposure can cause influenza-like symptoms and haemorrhaging in the lungs, leading to suffocation.’
Kourtney posted the claim alongside a picture of a disposable blue face mask, and added a ‘mind blown’ emoji and a wide-eyed emoji.
However, the American Cancer Society, which is cited in the post, has never claimed that face masks could cause cancer, and have denounced the conspiracy theory.
Dr William Cance, chief medical and scientific officer of the ACS, told the New York Post: ‘There is no evidence to support the claim that the presence of PTFE in a mask causes cancer.
‘As a surgical oncologist, I, along with thousands of colleagues in the health-care profession, have been wearing masks for years to protect patients from the spread of infections.’
The ACS did publish an article on chemicals found in cookware, but did not mention PTFE, or polytetrafluoroethylene – a man-made chemical found in nonstick cooking coatings like Teflon – or face masks.
Studies have shown, however, that wearing face masks helps to slow the spread of coronavirus, by protecting the wearer’s nose and mouth from contact with droplets, splashes and sprays that may contain germs.
People on social media have hit out at Kourtney for sharing the conspiracy theory, with one person tweeting: ‘The scariest thing to happen on Halloween this year is Kourtney Kardashian posting this utterly ridiculous post about blue masks with no medical evidence or proof, it’s just some random screenshot. Medical professionals worldwide wear them but this screenshot means it’s true…’
Kourtney shared the conspiracy theory despite previously wearing a mask from her sister Kim’s SKIMS range and writing on Instagram: ‘#wearadamnmask to help spread the word not the virus!’
This comes as Kourtney’s family comes under fire over a number of parties they threw during the pandemic.
Firstly, her sister Kim was accused of being tone-deaf by flying friends and family to a private island to celebrate her 40th birthday.
In a much-memed tweet, she wrote: ‘After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time.’
Following Kim’s trip, Kendall Jenner threw a joint Halloween and 25th birthday party, and was criticised for blowing out candles on her cake while a waiter, wearing a face mask, ducked his head out of the way.
An insider told The Sun that staff at the party felt ‘uncomfortable’ that attendees were not wearing masks, though guests were asked to take a coronavirus test prior to arrival.
Credit: Original article published here.