Dauphin County Amish store offers oxygen level testing, won’t make customers wear masks

A Facebook post states: “We offer oxygen testing so people can see how oxygen levels drop into danger zone within minutes of wearing a mask!”

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Posted by Hornings Amish Store on Thursday, July 2, 2020

While the governor and Department of Health are requiring masks to be worn outside as well as when entering a business, Hornings Amish Store in Lykens is instead offering oxygen testing to show lowered oxygen levels caused by wearing face masks and not requiring customers to wear them inside the store.

“We offer oxygen testing so people can see how oxygen levels drop into danger zone within minutes of wearing a mask!” according to a recent Facebook post. “I see many people exhibiting symptoms of oxygen deficiency, especially older folks who think they must wear a mask!”

Wearing a face mask is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Tom Wolf issued an order requiring people to wear masks in public. That order could be extended until there is a coronavirus vaccine.

A professor of biology at Texas A&M University-Texarkana said in a recent Associated Press story that masks don’t meaningfully decrease oxygen in the body.

“The body is quite good at adjusting to keep oxygen levels where they need to be,” he said.

Hornings Amish Store management refused to comment Monday when contacted.

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