Effects of Prolonged Use of Facemask among Healthcare Worker
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A study was conducted to determine the effects of prolonged usage of N95 respirators and surgical facemasks amid health care worker.

Key Insights:

• Self-constructed questionnaire containing 20 queries regarding effects of prolonged use of face masks, after being analysed by the experts were handed over to 250 participants.

• All participants (aged between 20 and 48 years) wore either surgical masks or N95 respirators for a minimum of 4 hours per day. Study period was from 20/7/2020 to 26/7/2020. Completed questionnaires were sent for statistical analysis.

• The acquired results were excessive sweating around the mouth accounting to 67.6%, difficulty in breathing on exertion 58.2%, acne 56.0% and itchy nose 52.0%.

• This study suggests that prolonged use of N95 respirators and surgical facemasks induces difficulty in breathing on exertion and excessive sweating around the mouth to the healthcare workers which results in poorer adherence and increased risk of susceptibility to infection.

• The use of facemask plays a pivotal role in causing significant discomfort in all the participants during its prolonged usage which can limit the efficient usage of facemask, leading to decreased protection.

• Since facemasks are essential to protect us from COVID-19, certain strategies can be followed to reduce the heat burden due to its prolonged usage such as encouraging nasal breathing, pre-use refrigeration of the respirator.

source: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12070-020-02124-0#Abs1
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