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Mask Efficacy

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Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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Can face masks help slow spread of coronavirus that causes COVID - 19? Yes, face masks combined with other preventive measures, such as frequent hand - washing and social distancing, help slow spread of virus. So why weren't face masks recommended at start of pandemic? At that time, experts didn't know extent to which people with COVID - 19 could spread virus before symptoms appear. Nor was it known that some people have - 19 but don't have any symptoms. Both groups unknowingly spread virus to others. These discoveries led Public Health groups do about - face on face masks. World Health Organization And US Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Now Include Face Masks In Their Recommendations For Slowing Spread Of Virus. Cdc recommends cloth face masks for public and not surgical and N95 masks needed by health care providers.

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Introduction

Use of facemasks and respirators for protection of healthcare workers has received renewed interest following 2009 influenza pandemic, 1 and emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza, 2 Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus 3 4 and Ebola virus. 5 Historically, various types of cloth / masks have been used to protect HCWs. 6 Disposable medical / surgical masks were introduced into healthcare in mid 19th century, followed later by respirators. 7 compared with other parts of world, use of face masks is more prevalent in Asian countries, such as China and Vietnam. 8 - 11 in high resource settings, medical masks and respirators have long since replaced use of cloth masks in hospitals. Yet cloth masks remain widely used globally, including in Asian countries, which have historically been affected by emerging infectious diseases, as well as in West Africa, in context shortages of personal protective equipment. 12 13 It has been shown that medical research disproportionately favours diseases of wealthy countries, and there is lack of research on health needs of poorer countries. 14 Further, there is lack of high - quality studies around use of facemasks and respirators in healthcare setting,sss with only four randomise clinical trials to date. 15 Despite widespread use, cloth masks are rarely mentioned in policy documents, 16 and have never tested for efficacy in RCT. Very few studies have been conducted around clinical effectiveness of cloth masks, most available studies are observational or in vitro. 6 Emerging infectious diseases are not constrained within geographical borders, so it is important for global disease that use of cloth masks be underpinned by evidence. Aim Of This Study Was To Determine Efficacy Of Cloth Masks Compared With Medical Masks In HCWs Working In High - Risk Hospital Wards, Against Prevention Of Respiratory Infections.

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Results

Particle emission rates for four activities are shown in Fig. 2. Focusing first on breathing, when participants wore mask, median particle emission rate was 0. 31 particles / s, one participant as high as 0. 57 particles / s, and another as low as 0. 05 particles / s. This rate and person - to - person variability are both broadly consistent with previous studies 48 51. In contrast, wearing surgical mask or KN95 respirator significantly reduces number of particles emitted per second of breathing. Median outward emission rates these masks were 0. 06 and 0. 07 particles / s, respectively, representing approximately sixfold decrease compared to no mask. Wearing homemade single layer paper towel mask yields similar decrease in outward emission rate, although not as statistically significant as medical - grade masks. Surprisingly, wearing unwashed single layer T - shirt mask while breathing yielded significant increase in measured particle emission rates compared to no mask, increasing to median of 0. 61 particles / s. Rates for some participants exceed 1 particle / s, representing 384 percentage increase from median no - mask value. Wearing double - layer cotton T - shirt mask had no statistically significant effect on particle emission rate, with comparable median and range to that observed with no mask. Turning to speech, overarching trend observed is that vocalization at comfortable voice loudness yields order of magnitude more particles than breathing. When participants wore no mask and spoke, median was 2. 77 particles / s. General trend of mask type effect on particle emission was qualitatively similar to observed for breathing. Wearing surgical masks and KN95 respirators while talking significantly decreases outward emissions by order of magnitude, to median rate of 0. 18 and 0. 36 particles / s, respectively. Likewise, wearing paper towel mask reduces outward speech particle emission rate to 1. 21 particles / s, lower than no mask but representing less pronounced decrease compared to surgical masks and KN95 respirators. In contrast, homemade cloth masks again yield either no change or increase in emission rate during speech compared to no mask. Outward particle emissions when participants wore U - SL - T masks exceeded no - mask condition by order of magnitude with median value of 16. 37 particles / s. Wearing U - DL - T mask no significant effect. Third, expiratory activity - coughing - again yielded qualitatively similar trends with to mask type. We emphasize that participants cough at paces, and therefore number of coughs, cumulative cough duration, and acoustic power vary between participants. Nonetheless, we observe that coughing with no mask produces median of 10. 1 particle / s, with most participants in range of 3 to 42 particles / s. For comparison, given coughing rate of 6 times per minute, median outward particle count due specifically to coughing over that minute is slightly smaller than that from breathing, and order of magnitude smaller than talking over minute. Similar general trends breathing and speaking were observed for coughing when wearing different mask types.

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