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Protective Facemask – Impact on Human Thermoregulation

Protective Facemask – Impact on Human Thermoregulation

I happened to read an article titled “Protective Facemask Impact on Human Thermoregulation” and thought would be worth sharing. The article was published in “The Annals of Occupational Hygiene, Volume 56, Issue 1, January 2012”.

The article says “The use of Protective Facemasks (PFMs) negatively impacts respiratory and dermal mechanisms of human thermoregulation through impairment of convection, evaporation, and radiation processes. The relatively minor reported increases in core temperature directly attributable to wearing PFMs suggest that associated perceptions of increased body temperature may have a significant psychological component or that regional or global brain temperature changes are involved”.

The world is now experiencing the worst of the situations – Covid-19 Pandemic and the use of PFMs have become common and mandatory for protection from the Virus. But along with the protection, it also poses some discomfort and side effets of using the Face Masks. Personally I feel slight breathing issues after wearing it for about 15 to 20 minutes at a stretch. But for my safety as well as safety of others I am wearing it whenever I go out in the public which is one way to avoid contracting and spreading the Covid-19 Virus.

Read the original article here

Details of the Article

Protective Facemask Impact on Human Thermoregulation: An Overview

Author: Roberge, Raymond J.; Kim, Jung-Hyun
Publication: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date: 2011-09-13
Copyright © 2011, Oxford University Press

Picture used for illustration only – Credit: Medical photo created by prostooleh –

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