Retracted: Facemasks in the COVID-19 era: A health hypothesis

Med Hypotheses. 2021 Jan;146:110411. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2020.110411. Epub 2020 Nov 22.

Abstract

Many countries across the globe utilized medical and non-medical facemasks as non-pharmaceutical intervention for reducing the transmission and infectivity of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). Although, scientific evidence supporting facemasks' efficacy is lacking, adverse physiological, psychological and health effects are established. Is has been hypothesized that facemasks have compromised safety and efficacy profile and should be avoided from use. The current article comprehensively summarizes scientific evidences with respect to wearing facemasks in the COVID-19 era, providing prosper information for public health and decisions making.

Keywords: Efficacy; Health; Physiology; Psychology; SARS-CoV-2; Safety.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Retracted Publication

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 / prevention & control*
  • COVID-19 / transmission
  • COVID-19 / virology
  • Humans
  • Hypercapnia / etiology
  • Hypercapnia / physiopathology
  • Hypercapnia / psychology
  • Hypoxia / etiology
  • Hypoxia / physiopathology
  • Hypoxia / psychology
  • Masks* / adverse effects
  • Masks* / standards
  • Masks* / virology
  • Models, Biological*
  • N95 Respirators / adverse effects
  • N95 Respirators / standards
  • N95 Respirators / virology
  • Pandemics / prevention & control*
  • Respiration
  • SARS-CoV-2*
  • Safety
  • Treatment Outcome