The history and value of face masks

Christiane Matuschek, Friedrich Moll, Heiner Fangerau, Johannes C. Fischer, Kurt Zänker, Martijn Van Griensven, Marion Schneider, Detlef Kindgen-Milles, Wolfram Trudo Knoefel, Artur Lichtenberg, Bálint Tamaskovics, Freddy Joel Djiepmo-Njanang, Wilfried Budach, Stefanie Corradini, Dieter Häussinger, Torsten Feldt, Björn Jensen, Rainer Pelka, Klaus Orth, Matthias PeiperOlaf Grebe, Kitti Maas, Edwin Bölke, Jan Haussmann

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In the human population, social contacts are a key for transmission of bacteria and viruses. The use of face masks seems to be critical to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 for the period, in which therapeutic interventions are lacking. In this review, we describe the history of masks from the middle age to modern times.

Original languageEnglish
Article number23
JournalEuropean Journal of Medical Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 23 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Bacterial transmission
  • Behavior
  • History of medicine
  • Pandemic crisis
  • Surgical mask
  • Viral transmission
  • Wound infection


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