already arrived heat over most of the northern hemisphere. This is not something we should be celebrating, as it is clear that it happened too soon. But since he’s here, a lot of people are looking forward to summer events like go to the beach to sunbathe, swim, dive or snorkel. To do this, in recent years it has become fashionable to replace standard tubes with full face masks. They are certainly convenient, but many scientists advise warning people with respiratory or heart disease about the problems they pose.

There have already been several deaths among the people who swam with them. In some, a causal relationship can be demonstrated, while in others it cannot; but even so, many scientists agree on the reasons why they can pose a danger to life.

Ironically, these snorkel masks saved many lives when they were used as respirators at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the scarcity of these devices, anyone who could donate yourk. And, seeing what they saw, it seems that they were better off in hospitals than on the beaches.

Why are these snorkel masks dangerous?

In an article on the subject, published in business insider There are several accidents, some fatal and others not, in which these snorkeling masks have been a hazard.

One of these stories is the story Sally Standleywoman from 59 years old who nearly died on holiday in the Seychelles during a leisurely snorkel. She suddenly felt dizzy and weak. He barely made it to the 2-meter buoy, where he lost consciousness. When the mask was removed, his skin was blue and foam was coming out of his mouth. Logically, she was transferred to the hospital, where she spent several days in a coma. They thought the lack of oxygen would leave him in a vegetative state or with serious consequences, but he was lucky and survived without issue.

not so lucky Angela Kernwoman from 63 years oldwho died while diving in the Red Sea. An autopsy determined that he had died of pulmonary edemamaybe because of the snorkel mask. This makes it difficult for air to be sucked in compared to a conventional tube, so negative pressure is created in the lungs. In addition, carbon dioxide accumulates in the dead zones of the mask, which makes breathing even more difficult. All of these can lead to fluid buildup in your lungs, especially if you have previous pulmonary or cardiac pathologies. Angela took hormone replacement therapy during menopause, which put her at an increased risk of these diseases.

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harder to ask for help

On top of that, if there is a problem like Sally’s, removing the full mask to call for help is much more difficult than just falling tube. In fact, this also applies to any other complications that may arise during diving. So if you’re thinking of taking advantage of the warmer weather to snorkel with these masks, make sure you’re not at risk and don’t go alone just in case. It doesn’t have to be dangerous, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Source: Hiper Textual

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