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Cloth masks as respiratory protections in the COVID-19 pandemic period: evidence gaps.
Rev Bras Enferm. 2020; 73(suppl 2):e20200239.RB

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

to identify scientific evidence on the effectiveness of using cloth masks as safe protectors against COVID-19.

METHOD

an integrative review of articles available in full obtained at PubMed, CINAHL, and Web of Science. Controlled, non-controlled descriptors and keywords such as "mask", "home-made" and "cloth" or "cotton" and "infection control" or "infection prevention" were used.

RESULTS

thirty-eight articles were selected; of these, seven studies made up the sample. Evidence shows that cloth masks do not have the same protective characteristics as surgical masks, indicating an increased risk of infection due to humidity, diffusion of fluids, virus retention, and improper preparation. Considering the shortage of surgical masks during the pandemic, cloth masks could be proposed as a last resort.

CONCLUSION

cloth masks should be used together with preventive measures, such as home insulation, good respiratory conduct, and regular hand hygiene.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Universidade Federal da Paraíba. João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil.Universidade Federal da Paraíba. João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil.Universidade Federal da Paraíba. João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil.Universidade Federal da Paraíba. João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil.Universidade de São Paulo. Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.Universidade Federal da Paraíba. João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Systematic Review

Language

eng por

PubMed ID

32965398

Citation

Silva, Ana Cristina de Oliveira E., et al. "Cloth Masks as Respiratory Protections in the COVID-19 Pandemic Period: Evidence Gaps." Revista Brasileira De Enfermagem, vol. 73, no. suppl 2, 2020, pp. e20200239.
Silva ACOE, Almeida AM, Freire MEM, et al. Cloth masks as respiratory protections in the COVID-19 pandemic period: evidence gaps. Rev Bras Enferm. 2020;73(suppl 2):e20200239.
Silva, A. C. O. E., Almeida, A. M., Freire, M. E. M., Nogueira, J. A., Gir, E., & Nogueira, W. P. (2020). Cloth masks as respiratory protections in the COVID-19 pandemic period: evidence gaps. Revista Brasileira De Enfermagem, 73(suppl 2), e20200239. https://doi.org/10.1590/0034-7167-2020-0239
Silva ACOE, et al. Cloth Masks as Respiratory Protections in the COVID-19 Pandemic Period: Evidence Gaps. Rev Bras Enferm. 2020;73(suppl 2):e20200239. PubMed PMID: 32965398.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Cloth masks as respiratory protections in the COVID-19 pandemic period: evidence gaps. AU - Silva,Ana Cristina de Oliveira E, AU - Almeida,Ana Maria de, AU - Freire,Maria Eliane Moreira, AU - Nogueira,Jordana de Almeida, AU - Gir,Elucir, AU - Nogueira,Wynne Pereira, Y1 - 2020/09/18/ PY - 2020/04/03/received PY - 2020/06/14/accepted PY - 2020/9/23/entrez PY - 2020/9/24/pubmed PY - 2020/10/2/medline SP - e20200239 EP - e20200239 JF - Revista brasileira de enfermagem JO - Rev Bras Enferm VL - 73 IS - suppl 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: to identify scientific evidence on the effectiveness of using cloth masks as safe protectors against COVID-19. METHOD: an integrative review of articles available in full obtained at PubMed, CINAHL, and Web of Science. Controlled, non-controlled descriptors and keywords such as "mask", "home-made" and "cloth" or "cotton" and "infection control" or "infection prevention" were used. RESULTS: thirty-eight articles were selected; of these, seven studies made up the sample. Evidence shows that cloth masks do not have the same protective characteristics as surgical masks, indicating an increased risk of infection due to humidity, diffusion of fluids, virus retention, and improper preparation. Considering the shortage of surgical masks during the pandemic, cloth masks could be proposed as a last resort. CONCLUSION: cloth masks should be used together with preventive measures, such as home insulation, good respiratory conduct, and regular hand hygiene. SN - 1984-0446 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32965398/Cloth_masks_as_respiratory_protections_in_the_COVID_19_pandemic_period:_evidence_gaps_ L2 - https://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0034-71672020001400302&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -