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Universal masking in hospitals in the COVID-19 era: Is it time to consider shielding?

  • Sonali D. Advani (a1) (a2), Becky A. Smith (a1) (a2), Sarah S. Lewis (a1) (a2), Deverick J. Anderson (a1) (a2) and Daniel J. Sexton (a1) (a2)...

Abstract

With concerns for presymptomatic transmission of COVID-19 and increasing burden of contact tracing and employee furloughs, several hospitals have supplemented pre-existing infection prevention measures with universal masking of all personnel in hospitals. Other hospitals are currently faced with the dilemma of whether or not to proceed with universal masking in a time of critical mask shortages. We summarize the rationale behind a universal masking policy in healthcare settings, important considerations before implementing such a policy and the challenges with universal masking. We also discusses proposed solutions such as universal face shields.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Author for correspondence: Sonali D. Advani, E-mail: sonali.advani@duke.edu

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Universal masking in hospitals in the COVID-19 era: Is it time to consider shielding?

  • Sonali D. Advani (a1) (a2), Becky A. Smith (a1) (a2), Sarah S. Lewis (a1) (a2), Deverick J. Anderson (a1) (a2) and Daniel J. Sexton (a1) (a2)...

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