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Facing COVID-19: Quantifying the Use of Reusable vs. Disposable Facemasks

Institute for Land, Water and Society, Charles Sturt University, P.O. Box 789, Albury, NSW 2640, Australia
Academic Editors: Daniela Haluza and Günter Kampf
Hygiene 2021, 1(3), 120-128; https://doi.org/10.3390/hygiene1030011
Received: 16 October 2021 / Revised: 16 November 2021 / Accepted: 17 November 2021 / Published: 22 November 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19: Health and Hygiene)
Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, many governments have recommended or mandated the wearing of fitted face masks to limit the transmission of the virus via aerosols. The public had, in essence, two choices: single-use, disposable surgical masks and multi-use, washable cloth masks. While the use of cloth masks has been discussed, there are, at present no baseline data that establish the actual proportions of mask types worn in the public. This paper, which presents the findings of rapid walk-through surveys of shopping venues in Albury (Southern New South Wales, Australia), demonstrates that, overall, 33.6% of masks worn by the public were cloth masks. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; personal protective equipment; face masks COVID-19; personal protective equipment; face masks
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