Face mask exemptions, psychiatric patients, and COVID-19

Eur Psychiatry. 2020 Dec 7;64(1):e6. doi: 10.1192/j.eurpsy.2020.107.


It has been compulsory to wear face masks in all public spaces, both indoor and outdoor, since May 21, 2020 throughout Spain [1], a measure intended to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, there are some exceptions to this rule, including "… People for whom the use of a mask is inadvisable for duly justified health reasons, or who, due to their disability or dependency, present behavioural alterations that make its use unviable."

Keywords: Anxiety; COVID-19; face masks; psychiatric patients.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / epidemiology
  • COVID-19 / prevention & control*
  • COVID-19 / transmission
  • COVID-19 / virology
  • Humans
  • Masks*
  • SARS-CoV-2 / isolation & purification
  • Spain / epidemiology