Meningococcal, pneumonia bacteria detected in used face coverings.
Recent laboratory analysis of several used face masks worn by children revealed the presence of "pathogenic bacteria" lab technicians called "dangerous" clinging to the materials of the masks.
The samples were sent by a group of Florida parents to the University of Florida's Mass Spectrometry Research and Education Center. Amanda Donoho, one of the parents who coordinated the experiment via a local parents' Facebook group, told Just the News she decided to test the masks after her son developed a "giant rash" on his face.
Repeated treatments from her child's pediatrician were not successful in curing the rash.
A facial scraping from a dermatologist finally determined it was a fungal infection. The dermatological clinicians said the moisture from the mask was to blame.