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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 225-227

Rational use of face mask in a tertiary care hospital setting during COVID-19 pandemic: An observational study

1 Postgraduate Student, Master of Public Health, School of Public Health, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
2 Senior Resident, Department of Microbiology, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
4 Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Correspondence Address:
Meenakshi Khapre
Department of Community and Family Medicine, AIIMS, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijph.IJPH_493_20

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Masks play a role in the protection of health-care workers (HCWs) from acquiring respiratory infections, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in health-care settings. This observational study was conducted among 382 HCWs in a tertiary care setting over a period of 1 month. Descriptive analysis was done to assess the rational and recommended use of masks/respirators during COVID-19 pandemic using a structured observation checklist as a survey tool. A total of 374 HCWs were included, 64.9% of whom were using face masks rationally as mentioned per risk area categorization with a predominance of triple-layered mask during all 4 weeks. Overall, 64.1% used masks correctly. Clear guidelines and strategies can help to increase the compliance of HCWs with rational use of face masks.

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