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Prolonged Use of Face Mask and Future Concerns

Parag V Patil, Sachin C Sarode, Gargi S Sarode, Namrata Sengupta, Urmi Ghone, Shankargouda Patil

Keywords : Coronavirus disease-2019, Erythropoiesis, Face mask, Hypoxia

Citation Information : Patil PV, Sarode SC, Sarode GS, Sengupta N, Ghone U, Patil S. Prolonged Use of Face Mask and Future Concerns. World J Dent 2021; 12 (6):433-434.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10015-1849

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 24-11-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

There are certain professions, which demand every day long time and continuous use of face mask. Such professions mainly include doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, police personnel, etc. With the starting of the second wave of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the anticipated third wave, the duration of wearing face mask will also extend for a significant period of time. Hence, a strong possibility of prolonged and chronic hypoxia is expected to occur in the aforementioned group of population. Hence, there is a need to envisage the chronic effects of long-term usage of face mask on the normal physiology of humans. In the present paper, we enlisted futuristic consequences that could be associated with this pragmatic proposition. As face mask usage will continue for years together, efforts were made to provide a rational remedial measure to avoid such consequences.


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