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Comprehensive review of mask utility and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Infez Med. 2020 Jun 01; 28(suppl 1):57-63.IM

Abstract

Masks are widely discussed during the course of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Most hospitals have implemented universal masking for their healthcare workers, and the Center for Disease Control currently advises even the general public to wear cloth masks when outdoors. The pertinent need for masks arises from plausible dissemination of the SARS-CoV-2 through close contacts, as well as the possibility of virus transmission from asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic, and mildly symptomatic individuals. Given current global shortages in personal protective equipment, the efficacy of various types of masks: N95 respirators, surgical masks, and cloth masks are researched. To accommodate limited supplies, techniques for extended use, reuse, and sterilization of masks are strategized. However, masks alone may not greatly slow down the COVID-19 pandemic unless they are coupled with adequate social distancing, diligent hand hygiene, and other proven preventive measures.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Penn State University School of Medicine, Hershey, PA, USA; Wellspan Chambersburg and Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospitals, Chambersburg, PA, USA.Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Bangalore, India.University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, USA.University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi, USA.Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana, USA,; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32532940

Citation

Tirupathi, Raghavendra, et al. "Comprehensive Review of Mask Utility and Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic." Le Infezioni in Medicina, vol. 28, no. suppl 1, 2020, pp. 57-63.
Tirupathi R, Bharathidasan K, Palabindala V, et al. Comprehensive review of mask utility and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Infez Med. 2020;28(suppl 1):57-63.
Tirupathi, R., Bharathidasan, K., Palabindala, V., Salim, S. A., & Al-Tawfiq, J. A. (2020). Comprehensive review of mask utility and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Le Infezioni in Medicina, 28(suppl 1), 57-63.
Tirupathi R, et al. Comprehensive Review of Mask Utility and Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Infez Med. 2020 Jun 1;28(suppl 1):57-63. PubMed PMID: 32532940.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Comprehensive review of mask utility and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. AU - Tirupathi,Raghavendra, AU - Bharathidasan,Kavya, AU - Palabindala,Venkataraman, AU - Salim,Sohail Abdul, AU - Al-Tawfiq,Jaffar A, PY - 2020/6/14/entrez PY - 2020/6/14/pubmed PY - 2020/6/23/medline SP - 57 EP - 63 JF - Le infezioni in medicina JO - Infez Med VL - 28 IS - suppl 1 N2 - Masks are widely discussed during the course of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Most hospitals have implemented universal masking for their healthcare workers, and the Center for Disease Control currently advises even the general public to wear cloth masks when outdoors. The pertinent need for masks arises from plausible dissemination of the SARS-CoV-2 through close contacts, as well as the possibility of virus transmission from asymptomatic, pre-symptomatic, and mildly symptomatic individuals. Given current global shortages in personal protective equipment, the efficacy of various types of masks: N95 respirators, surgical masks, and cloth masks are researched. To accommodate limited supplies, techniques for extended use, reuse, and sterilization of masks are strategized. However, masks alone may not greatly slow down the COVID-19 pandemic unless they are coupled with adequate social distancing, diligent hand hygiene, and other proven preventive measures. SN - 1124-9390 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32532940/Comprehensive_review_of_mask_utility_and_challenges_during_the_COVID_19_pandemic_ L2 - https://www.infezmed.it/media/journal/Vol_28_suppl1_2020_10.pdf DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -