Health & Wellness
Evidence reviews of masks, goggles and shoe covers suggest individual pieces of personal protective equipment aren’t enough by themselves to protect health workers.
There is no evidence to suggest that simple surgical masks aren’t as effective as the reinforced yet scarce N95 respirator masks in protecting health-care staff during routine primary care, according to an international research team conducting literature reviews of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the context of COVID-19.
University of Alberta occupational medicine specialists Sebastian Straube and Quentin Durand-Moreau are collaborating with international colleagues on this and a number of other rapid evidence reviews just published by the University of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.
“These are reviews of a moving target, which means we will not have any evidence on the virus of COVID-19 exactly,” said Durand-Moreau.
“And while having no evidence does not mean there is no effect, our research has conclude...