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Commentary: Physiological and Psychological Impact of Face Mask Usage during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Department of Health Promotion, Daemen College, Amherst, NY 14226, USA
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Department of Physical Therapy, Daemen College, Amherst, NY 14226, USA
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Department of Psychological Sciences, Daemen College, Amherst, NY 14226, USA
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Department of Biology & Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, Trent University, Peterborough, ON K9L 0G2, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(18), 6655; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186655
Received: 11 August 2020 / Revised: 7 September 2020 / Accepted: 10 September 2020 / Published: 12 September 2020
In this commentary, we discuss the physiological effects of wearing masks for prolonged periods of time, including special considerations, such as mask wearing among those who engage in exercise training, and concerns for individuals with pre-existing chronic diseases. In healthy populations, wearing a mask does not appear to cause any harmful physiological alterations, and the potentially life-saving benefits of wearing face masks seem to outweigh the documented discomforts (e.g. headaches). However, there continues to be controversy over mask wearing in the United States, even though wearing a mask appears to have only minor physiological drawbacks. While there are minimal physiological impacts on wearing a mask, theoretical evidence suggests that there may be consequential psychological impacts of mask wearing on the basic psychological needs of competence, autonomy, and relatedness. These psychological impacts may contribute to the controversy associated with wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. After we discuss the physiological impacts of mask wearing, we will discuss psychological effects associated with wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: masks; pandemic; COVID-19; face covering; physiology; basic phycological needs; exercise masks; pandemic; COVID-19; face covering; physiology; basic phycological needs; exercise
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Scheid, J.L.; Lupien, S.P.; Ford, G.S.; West, S.L. Commentary: Physiological and Psychological Impact of Face Mask Usage during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6655. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186655

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Scheid JL, Lupien SP, Ford GS, West SL. Commentary: Physiological and Psychological Impact of Face Mask Usage during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(18):6655. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186655

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Scheid, Jennifer L., Shannon P. Lupien, Gregory S. Ford, and Sarah L. West 2020. "Commentary: Physiological and Psychological Impact of Face Mask Usage during the COVID-19 Pandemic" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 18: 6655. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186655

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