Lab finds dangerous pathogens on masks submitted by Florida parents

Six masks sent for testing; three had "dangerous pathogenic and pneumonia-causing bacteria."

Dangerous bacteria, including pneumonia, were found on the masks of school children in Florida as reported by the website Rational Ground.

“Half of the masks were contaminated with one or more strains of pneumonia-causing bacteria. One-third were contaminated with one or more strains of meningitis-causing bacteria. One-third were contaminated with dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens. In addition, less dangerous pathogens were identified, including pathogens that can cause fever, ulcers, acne, yeast infections, strep throat, periodontal disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and more.”

A group of parents in Gainesville, Florida concerned about their children wearing masks all day at school sent half a dozen masks to the University of Florida's Mass Spectrometry Research and Education Center for testing.

The lab detected the following 11 dangerous bacteria on the masks:

• Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumonia)

• Mycobacterium tuberculosis (tuberculosis)

• Neisseria meningitidis (meningitis, sepsis)

• Acanthamoeba polyphaga (keratitis and granulomatous amebic encephalitis)

• Acinetobacter baumanni (pneumonia, blood stream infections, meningitis, UTIs— resistant to antibiotics)

• Escherichia coli (food poisoning)

• Borrelia burgdorferi (causes Lyme disease)

• Corynebacterium diphtheriae (diphtheria)

• Legionella pneumophila (Legionnaires' disease)

• Staphylococcus pyogenes serotype M3 (severe infections—high morbidity rates)

• Staphylococcus aureus (meningitis, sepsis)

The breakdown of what was found and on which masks, via Rational Ground:

Only one mask tested contained COVID-19.

The masks submitted by parents for testing were either new or had been freshly washed. Five were worn by children ages 6-11 attending while at school and one mask was worn by an adult.

Controls used included an unworn mask and a T-shirt worn by one of the children. The report notes that "No pathogens were found on the control.”

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