For posting a conspiracy theory alleging that face masks intended to curb the spread of COVID-19 would cause cancer, Kourtney Kardashian has been slammed.
On her Instagram pages, she posted a post saying that blue surgical face masks are “made of PTFE, a synthetic fluoride carcinogen.”
“According to Cancer.Org, the risk of liver, testicles, pancreas, kidney & breast tumors + ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, preeclampsia and high cholesterol is increased. High exposure can cause lung hemorrhaging and influenza-like symptoms, leading to suffocation.”
With a wide-eyed emoji and a head-exploding emoji, Kourtney captioned the article.
Social media users slammed the reality star, pointing out that during the pandemic where they had workers wear masks, she and the rest of the Kardashian clan had flown to a tropical island for her sister Kim Kardashian’s birthday party.
There is currently no evidence in Kourtney’s post to support the allegations and, despite referencing the American Cancer Society, the medical alert was denounced by a member of the group.
Dr. William Cance, chief medical and scientific officer of the ACS, said in a statement to the New York Post: ‘There is no evidence to support the argument that cancer is caused by the existence of PTFE in a mask.
“As a surgical oncologist, I have been wearing masks for years with thousands of colleagues in the health care industry to protect patients from the spread of infections.”
An NHS doctor from the UK, Dr Joshua Wolrich, slammed Kourtney on Twitter, writing: “It’s one thing for a random people on social media to claim that masks cause cancer… it’s another for @kourtneykardash to be doing so on her Instagram stories to >100 million followers. UTTERLY F**KING UNACCEPTABLE.”