Preventing infection by the use of masks

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Published on Dec 21, 2020

There is no firm evidence that surgical masks serve to prevent the infection of wounds during surgical operations. This may have implications for their use as a preventative measure against the spreading of the Covid-19 virus.

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PMCID: PMC4480558
PMID: 26085560
Unmasking the surgeons: the evidence base behind the use of facemasks in surgery
Charlie Da Zhou, Pamela Sivathondan and Ashok Handa2

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PMCID: PMC2493952
PMID: 7294681
Is a mask necessary in the operating theatre?
Neil W M Orr

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