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Face Mask Use and Control of Respiratory Virus Transmission in Households

Many countries are stockpiling face masks for use as nonpharmaceutical interventions to reduce viral transmission during an influenza pandemic. The authors conducted a prospective cluster-randomized trial comparing surgical masks, non–fit-tested P2 masks, and no masks in prevention of influenza-like illness (ILI) in households. The authors concluded that household use of masks is associated with low adherence and is ineffective in controlling seasonal ILI. If adherence were greater, mask use might reduce transmission during a severe influenza pandemic. Emerg Infect Dis [serial on the Internet]. 2009 Feb http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1502.081167

Author: MacIntyre CR, Epid MA, Cauchemez S, Dwyer DE, Seale H, Cheung P, et al.

Published: 01/02/2009

Publication Type: Journal article