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Article: The effect of wearing a face mask on body temperature

TitleThe effect of wearing a face mask on body temperature
Authors
KeywordsFace mask
Body temperature
Emergency department
Issue Date2005
Citation
Hong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2005, v. 12, n. 1, p. 23-27 How to Cite?
AbstractObjective: To investigate the effect of wearing a face mask on body temperature in healthy subjects. Methods: The study was of repeated measures design. It was conducted from July to August 2003 in two accident & emergency departments on Hong Kong Island. Staff of the two departments, who were free from any active disease at the time of measurement, were recruited. Their body temperature (oral and aural) was measured while they were not wearing a mask and at 30 minutes after they had worn a mask (either surgical mask or N95 mask). Paired t-test was used for significance testing. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient was calculated to elucidate the relationship between oral and aural temperature measurement. Results: Ninety-three subjects were included. Oral temperature was significantly higher when a mask was worn (p=0.002, 95% CI 0.06-0.26). When considered separately, only those wearing N95 mask demonstrated such significance (p=0.005, 95% CI 0.088-0.454). The correlation coefficient for oral/aural temperature measurements was 0.219 (without mask, p=0.035) and 0.169 (with mask, p=0.104). Conclusion: Wearing a face mask may increase the oral temperature in healthy subjects. However, the difference may not be clinically significant.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/210069
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dc.contributor.authorYip, Wai Lam-
dc.contributor.authorLeung, Ling Pong-
dc.contributor.authorLau, Ping Fat-
dc.contributor.authorTong, Hon Kuan-
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-22T06:06:30Z-
dc.date.available2015-05-22T06:06:30Z-
dc.date.issued2005-
dc.identifier.citationHong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2005, v. 12, n. 1, p. 23-27-
dc.identifier.issn1024-9079-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/210069-
dc.description.abstractObjective: To investigate the effect of wearing a face mask on body temperature in healthy subjects. Methods: The study was of repeated measures design. It was conducted from July to August 2003 in two accident & emergency departments on Hong Kong Island. Staff of the two departments, who were free from any active disease at the time of measurement, were recruited. Their body temperature (oral and aural) was measured while they were not wearing a mask and at 30 minutes after they had worn a mask (either surgical mask or N95 mask). Paired t-test was used for significance testing. Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient was calculated to elucidate the relationship between oral and aural temperature measurement. Results: Ninety-three subjects were included. Oral temperature was significantly higher when a mask was worn (p=0.002, 95% CI 0.06-0.26). When considered separately, only those wearing N95 mask demonstrated such significance (p=0.005, 95% CI 0.088-0.454). The correlation coefficient for oral/aural temperature measurements was 0.219 (without mask, p=0.035) and 0.169 (with mask, p=0.104). Conclusion: Wearing a face mask may increase the oral temperature in healthy subjects. However, the difference may not be clinically significant.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofHong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine-
dc.subjectFace mask-
dc.subjectBody temperature-
dc.subjectEmergency department-
dc.titleThe effect of wearing a face mask on body temperature-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.volume12-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage23-
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