Universal Masking to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Transmission—The Time Is Now

Universal Masking to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Transmission—The Time Is Now Opinion EDITORIAL Universal Masking to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Transmission— The Time Is Now John T. Brooks, MD; Jay C. Butler, MD; Robert R. Redfield, MD In this issue of JAMA, Wang et al present evidence that of SARS-CoV-2 testing among HCWs declined (as shown in universal masking of health care workers (HCWs) and pa- the Figure in the report by Wang et al). Covering mouths and noses with filtering materials tients can help reduce transmission of severe acute respira- tory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections. serves 2 purposes: personal protection against inhalation of In the largest health care sys- harmful pathogens and particulates, and source control to tem in Massachusetts with prevent exposing others to infectious microbes that may be Related article page 703 more than 75 000 employ- expelled during respiration. When asked to wear face cover- ees, in tandem with routine ings, many people think in terms of personal protection. Audio and Video symptom screening and diag- But face coverings are also widely and routinely used as nostic testing of sympto- source control. For instance, if given the choice between hav- matic HCWs for SARS-CoV-2 infection, leadership mandated ing surgery performed by a team not wearing some covering http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Universal Masking to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Transmission—The Time Is Now

JAMA, Volume 324 (7) – Aug 18, 2020

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2020 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0098-7484
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1538-3598
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10.1001/jama.2020.13107
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Opinion EDITORIAL Universal Masking to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Transmission— The Time Is Now John T. Brooks, MD; Jay C. Butler, MD; Robert R. Redfield, MD In this issue of JAMA, Wang et al present evidence that of SARS-CoV-2 testing among HCWs declined (as shown in universal masking of health care workers (HCWs) and pa- the Figure in the report by Wang et al). Covering mouths and noses with filtering materials tients can help reduce transmission of severe acute respira- tory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections. serves 2 purposes: personal protection against inhalation of In the largest health care sys- harmful pathogens and particulates, and source control to tem in Massachusetts with prevent exposing others to infectious microbes that may be Related article page 703 more than 75 000 employ- expelled during respiration. When asked to wear face cover- ees, in tandem with routine ings, many people think in terms of personal protection. Audio and Video symptom screening and diag- But face coverings are also widely and routinely used as nostic testing of sympto- source control. For instance, if given the choice between hav- matic HCWs for SARS-CoV-2 infection, leadership mandated ing surgery performed by a team not wearing some covering

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 18, 2020

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