Use of cloth masks in the practice of infection control - evidence and policy gaps

  title={Use of cloth masks in the practice of infection control - evidence and policy gaps},
  author={A. Chughtai and H. Seale and C. R. MacIntyre},
  journal={International Journal of Infection Control},
  • A. Chughtai, H. Seale, C. R. MacIntyre
  • Published 2013
  • Medicine
  • International Journal of Infection Control
  • Cloth masks are commonly used in low and middle income countries. It is generally believed that the primary purpose of cloth masks is to prevent spread of infections from the wearer. However, historical evidence shows that they had been used in the past for protection of health care workers (HCWs) from respiratory infections. Currently there is a lack of evidence on the efficacy of cloth masks. In this paper, we examined the evidence on the efficacy of cloth masks and discuss the use of cloth… CONTINUE READING
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