Only one person we know of took the challenge, but she did not give permission to share her incredible insights from her experience.
I’ve discovered that Fast Company did their own version of the Mask Challenge and here’s their video:
At some point, Human Canaries (people with MCS/ES and others) will HAVE to wear a mask to leave home (because not wearing one causes too many disabling symptoms that are hard to recover from), even just to take out the garbage, due to the products the neighbourhood uses, or for grocery shopping or going out for medical care, or even in home (if they can’t afford something other than death inducing multi-unit housing) when the neighbours are using toxic products.
As you can see in the video, this is not something people would do just for the heck of it, no matter how attractive a manufacturer could make a mask appear.
The other issue is that most of the materials used are toxic or are made with toxic chemicals, so many Human Canaries will not be able to wear them against their skin.
Also, the masks in the video are nuisance level masks, not respirators with proper cartridges to really filter out most pollutants.
As more people become “sensitive” to pollution and chemicals, the answer is NOT making more masks, (or air purification machines), it’s reducing all the everyday sources, like fragranced products and other pollution!
Stop the source!
People are not designed to be subjected to harmful pollutants 24/7!
If you go to the you tube link, some of the comments there are insightful too.