Novel coronavirus is believed being tiny enough (0.08–0.14 μm) to enter through breathing apparatus, thus protection available from cloth mask could possibly be too low. However, the use of cloth face mask in community may be recommended through the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and regulatory bodies of other countries. There is paucity of literature on efficacy of cloth breathing apparatus in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection transmission; thus, this review aims to update the accessible most recent evidences on efficacy of cloth markers in prevention of viral infection transmission.
METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Clinical Trials Register for identifying studies associated with this review using free-text terms and MeSH terms. Both experimental and observational studies on efficacy of cloth masks which were published in English language happen to be one of them review except expert opinions, commentaries, editorials, and review articles. Twelve studies were eligible to be incorporated into review for data extraction and qualitative synthesis was carried out from extracted data but quantitative analysis (meta-analysis) cannot … Read the rest