A Chinese man from Wuhan is recovering from surgery after his lung collapsed following a 2.5-mile run in his local area, the initial epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, while wearing a face mask last week, hospital officials said Monday.
The 26-year-old resident, known by his alias Zhang Ping, was rushed to the Wuhan Central Hospital on May 7 after he became breathless and started suffering severe chest pain.
In a statement posted to Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, the Wuhan Central Hospital said the 26-year-old suffered chest pain and shortness of breath on Thursday. Upon examination, doctors found his left lung had compressed by 90 percent and his heart was moved to the right side of his body.
A collapsed lung, known as a pneumothorax, occurs when air leaks outside the lung.
The science surrounding the use of Face Masks during a pandemic is still limited, prior to COVID-19 it was always advised that the wearing of face masks by the general public would have limited benefits in reducing transmission with most studies concluding that it could even have a negative effect.
However, as the mass hysteria kicked in, most of these studies have been redacted or buried and replaced with new short-term studies attempting to justify their use.