Specialist warns wearing mask has increased voice disorders

By TPN/Lusa, in Health & Environment, COVID-19, News · 13-04-2021 12:40:00 · 4 Comments

Otorhinolaryngologist Clara Capucho warned today that the use of masks imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic has increased the number of voice pathologies, especially in the vocal apparatus of the Portuguese.

The alert from the coordinator of the Voice Unit of the Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Ocidental (CHLO), which integrates the hospitals Egas Moniz, S. Francisco Xavier and Santa Cruz, comes days before World Voice Day (on April 16).

"The number of patients with dysphonia due to muscle tension is increasing since March 2020", says in a statement the specialist, who says that in the last few months, she has seen more and more people with this problem, which is characterized by a difficulty in speaking, hoarseness, lack of volume and projection, among others. The specialist acknowledges that, “although it is important to stop the spread of the virus, the use of masks has aggravated the pathologies associated with voice”.

"The number of patients diagnosed with dysphonia due to muscle tension has increased since March 2020, when health authorities recommended the use of masks as an essential measure to reduce the risk of contagion by Covid-19", she points out.

“The increased effort for vocal emission - caused by masks, anxiety and posture in front of the computer - leads to muscle tension in the cervical area, the shoulders and the vocal apparatus itself, often resulting in dysphonia due to muscle tension. This tension is so intense that, in certain cases, it causes serious vocal damage”, she stresses.

Given that the voice is the main working tool of artists, the Voice Unit of Hospital Egas Moniz and the GDA Foundation - Management of the Rights of Artists will launch a survey to assess the impact of Covid-19 on voice performances of actors and singers, an initiative that will mark World Voice Day 2021, this year under the motto “One world, many voices”.

GDA vice president Luís Sampaio says that “artists are being severely harassed by the effects caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, such as the limitation of cultural activities and the cancellation of shows. But, despite this stop, they cannot neglect what for many is their main working tool: their voice”. "It is essential that artists have preventive health care that identifies and treats pathologies of the vocal apparatus, keeping it fit for the professional demands required post-pandemic", defends Luís Sampaio.

The GDA Foundation will send all collaborators an online survey to assess the levels of vocal discomfort of artists, whose data will be sent to the Voice Unit of Hospital Egas Moniz, which will assess the symptoms and, later, forward serious cases for queries or screenings. Clara Capucho's team will then use the results in preparation of a scientific study, on the effects of anti-covid-19 masks on the voice of artists in Portugal.

The Foundation and CHLO will also promote, on Wednesday and Thursday, free voice screenings aimed at the artistic community, but also at the population at Hospital Egas Moniz. Due to the pandemic, interested artists must register in advance by filling out a form on the GDA Foundation website, and the rest of the population should contact the CHLO Voice Unit.



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Comments:

Masks are harmful to health and provide no benefit against infection with SARS-CoV-2 or other similarly small particles, but because people believe it does it brings comfort to many, based on false premises.
This is very wrong and it does a lot of damage.
At the same tame the insanity of widespread mask use and lock-down measures are a source of fear and a sign of tyrannical and unpredictable future for people. When we are being lied to like so, what else do we have to be afraid of?
The clear and undeniable failure is a lack of honesty and openness, access to verifiable, comparing and actually scientific data through the media. This lack of good quality information exacerbates fear and uncertainty and it also gives reason to believe that perhaps it is deliberate that people will be hurt by it.

By K. Lehto from Other on 14-04-2021 01:43

There are countless medical studies and medical practitioners, scientists and professors that all warn of the dangers of masks as well as the fact that they are pretty much useless. All these are ignored and actively censored by mainstream media! MSM are complicit in this tyranny!

By SS from Algarve on 14-04-2021 09:23

And this is not the only matter; there are more serious and unrepairable damages:

By Ana from Algarve on 13-04-2021 01:46

Let the truth of causal injuries and disabilities come out.
Let the truth of where in fact adverse effects on human health actually comes from.
The so called preventions such as masks and vaccines are not cures to a virus.
The virus was engineered to bring in ‘other’ external disabilities into our body other than the virus itself.
As a Doctor in medicine I don’t know how much more simpler to put it.
Still believe in injecting yourself with an experimental vaccine ?
Think about it.
Think real deep about it.
Once done. It’s done.

By Dr. Roger J Fuller from USA on 13-04-2021 01:36
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