Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2020; 24 (6): 3397-3399

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202003_20707

Mask crisis during the COVID-19 outbreak

M.-W. Wang, M.-Y. Zhou, G.-H. Ji, L. Ye, Y.-R. Cheng, Z.-H. Feng, J. Chen

Affiliated Hospital of Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, China. chenjuan564453@163.com


On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. As of February 29, 2020, the National Health Commission of China has reported 79,389 confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in 34 provinces. The masks can be used to block respiratory transmission from human to human, and are an effective way to control influenza. It is, therefore, necessary to wear a mask when respiratory infectious diseases are prevalent. China has a population of 1.4 billion. Assuming that two-thirds of the people in China must wear a mask every day, the daily demand for masks will reach 900 million. The Chinese government has taken many measures to solve these problems. Additionally, more measures should be taken to properly dispose of mask garbage. Although the outbreak originated in China, person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 has been confirmed, which means that it can be spread to anywhere in the world if prevention measures fail. The issues regarding face mask shortages and garbage in China, therefore, deserve worldwide attention.

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M.-W. Wang, M.-Y. Zhou, G.-H. Ji, L. Ye, Y.-R. Cheng, Z.-H. Feng, J. Chen
Mask crisis during the COVID-19 outbreak

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2020
Vol. 24 - N. 6
Pages: 3397-3399
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202003_20707