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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 58-61

Saving the savior in COVID19 pandemic: Face masks

1 Department of Medicine, Murshidabad Medical College, Berhampore, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Medicine, Nightingale Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Laboratories, Glocal Healthcare, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
4 Department of Chest Medicine, Woodlands Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Kaushik Ghosh
Department of Medicine, Murshidabad Medical College, Berhampore - 742 101, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijhas.IJHAS_70_20

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Using masks for self-protection has a long history. There are records of the use of masks ranging as far back as the Roman era to Medieval Europe, where masks were used as protective devices. During many festivities, masks were used as a fashion statement. Gas masks were commonly used during the world wars. As pollution started growing, people started using pollution masks. 2020 might be the only era when the entire human population has been forced to wear masks to protect themselves and to protect others. As expected, the healthcare workers, who are leading the fight against the COVID19, are the ones who are most at the need of these devices. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of personal protection equipment all over the world. Hence, we must understand their properties and strengths, and hence that we can achieve maximum benefits from the limited resources.

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