Wearing a Mask, a Universal Solution Against COVID-19 or an Additional Health Risk?

5 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2020 Last revised: 26 Aug 2020

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Christophe DE BROUWER

School of Public Health. Univerté libre de Bruxelles.

Date Written: August 19, 2020

Abstract

Letter to the editor. Wearing a mask is now attracting a lot of attention as a means of prevention against COVID-19 and many works have been published on this subject. Insofar as policy pressure or pressure from the media can lead to circumstance studies, it is also useful to examine the issue through work carried out before the current crisis. The image of the mask/respirator and its usefulness then takes on a rather different colour. It would appear that abstaining will often be more effective than wearing any “mask” without discernment. The principles of justification, optimization and limitation fully apply in this case.

Keywords: Public health, Prevention, Face masks, Health behavior, COVID-19

JEL Classification: I18

Suggested Citation

DE BROUWER, Christophe, Wearing a Mask, a Universal Solution Against COVID-19 or an Additional Health Risk? (August 19, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3676885

Christophe DE BROUWER (Contact Author)

School of Public Health. Univerté libre de Bruxelles. ( email )

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