Bolsonaro says that wearing a mask in the car can cause accidents

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The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro

The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has again left a controversial statement regarding the use of masks. According to the populist politician, using it in the car can cause accidents. Bolsonaro has made this statement at an event in São Paulo, referring to the informational signs on the highways that recall the obligation to wear a mask.

Wrapped up by thousands of his followers, and leading a biker march, the far-right has used a scientific argument to support his claim. Of course, without having provided any data. According to the president, wearing a mask in a closed vehicle would reduce oxygenation in the brain, due to an alleged excess of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the environment.

″ Is there a doctor here? Doesn’t CO2 make you sleepy? Doesn’t it help to be sleepy? ”Jair Bolsonaro began by saying to his followers. “You don’t need to be a doctor to say this,” the former Brazilian Army captain also assured.

New burden against pandemic restrictions

Despite the fact that Brazil accumulates 495,000 deaths and 17.7 million positive for coronavirus, its president has once again charged against the imposition of restrictions on mobility adopted by local authorities. Meanwhile, this South American country is the second in the world with the most deaths caused by the pandemic, after the United States, and the third with the most infections.

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