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Protective facemask impact on human thermoregulation: an overview.
Roberge RJ; Kim J-H; Coca A
Ann Occup Hyg 2012 Jan; 56(1):102-112
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 the wearing of 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. Modifications in PFM structure, components, and materials might allow for improved heat dissipation and enhanced compliance with use.
Emergency response; Emergency responders; Infectious diseases; Infection control; Respirators; Respiratory protective equipment; Face masks; Thermoregulation; Biological effects; Body temperature; Humans; Heat dissipation; Personal protective equipment; Physiological effects; Author Keywords: comfort; core temperature; PFMs; thermoregulation; tolerance
Raymond J. Roberge, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pittsburgh, PA
Issue of Publication
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Healthcare and Social Assistance
Annals of Occupational Hygiene
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