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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 261-264

Handling of face masks by health-care workers during the coronavirus pandemic scare: An eye-opener


1 Department of Internal Medicine, Armed Forces Medical College, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Armed Forces Medical College, Maharashtra, India
3 Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Armed Forces Medical College, Maharashtra, India

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Kaminder Bir Kaur
Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune - 411 040, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/cjhr.cjhr_55_20

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Background: The first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was reported on January 30, 2020, in India, and it was declared to be a pandemic on March 11, 2020, by the World Health Organization. The use of face masks by the general population and the health-care workers (HCWs) is the most important preventive strategy. Materials and Methods: The study aimed to know the knowledge, attitude, and practices of usage and disposal of face masks among HCWs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data were collected using a peer-reviewed, prevalidated questionnaire. The quantitative variables were described in mean and standard deviation and qualitative variables by number and percentages. P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: Nearly 71.43% of the participants were wearing a triple-layered surgical face mask. Almost 48.74% of HCWs were provided with the mask from the place of work. Surprisingly, 56.30% of the HCWs were not changing the mask daily and not following the proper disposal system; moreover, 35.8% of doctors and 64.2% of paramedics were taking the masks back to their homes in their pockets. Conclusions: Personal protection equipment started getting scarcely available and was a control item during the hour of this pandemic. This unawareness requires immediate attention, as it poses a high risk for transmission of COVID-19 among Health care service providers.


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