Nov. 24, 2020

New Clinical Trial on Face Masks & Covid-19 - 4

New Clinical Trial on Face Masks & Covid-19 - 4

The world's currently largest randomized controlled trial (RCT) on Covid-19 protection by face masks is just published. The study showed a reduction in risk for Covid19 by using a facial mask  There are, however, severe limitations in this study...


  • The world's currently largest randomized controlled trial (RCT) on Covid-19 protection by face masks is just published.
  • The study showed a reduction in risk for Covid19 by using a facial mask 
  • There are, however, severe limitations in this study and much more to mask-wearing than provided by this study,
  • In this episode, we go beyond the abstract for the details.

 

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LINKS:

Covid-19 and face mask study https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-6817

CDC Guidelines https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/masking-science-sars-cov2.html

Precision Evidence Podcast Episode #2 http://www.precision-evidence.com/2

 

NOTES:

  • How to interpret the abstract
  • What does it mean that wearing a mask "did not reduce the SARS-CoV-2 infection rate among wearers by more than 50%."
  • Results from the study showed a small insignificant reduction in risk for Covid-19 by wearing a mask
  • How many persons must wear a mans to avoid one person getting Covid-19
  • The precision of the evidence with few exclusion criteria
  • Evaluating the study population
  • Study design and management
  • Limitations
  • Relate to CDC guidelines
  • What can we conclude based on this paper?

 

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Hosts:

Dr. Kim Kristiansen, M.D: @KKristiansenMD

JG Staal: @HealthyEvidence

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