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Mask or No Mask? May Be Modified Masks for Health Care Workers Wearing Respirators for Prolonged Hours During The COVID-19 Pandemic!

Triveni Mohan Nalawade1*, Siham Said Abdullah Al Shereiqi2, Raqiya Al Nahdi2, Ruqaiya Al Ghafri2 and Rachappa MM1

1Senior Lecturer, Oman Dental College, Muscat, Oman

2Junior Dental Officer, Oman Dental College, Muscat, Oman

Corresponding Author

Received Date: August 27, 2020;  Published Date: October 05, 2020


The present Covid-19 pandemic along with the previous SARS, MERS and other infectious disease outbreaks have led to guidelines recommending the routine use of respirators for healthcare workers, many of whom work for prolonged hours [1]. In recent years, it is generally accepted that operating theatre staff has to wear respirators. A respirator is a personal protective device that is worn on the face, covers at least the nose and mouth, and is used to reduce the wearer’s risk of inhaling hazardous airborne particles (including dust particles and infectious agents), gases, or vapors. Further the respirators used should be an unvalved Filtering Facepiece respirator (FFP2, that has no exhale valve) in operatory of clinical and hospital setting [2].

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