Covid ‘19 has become one the threatening contagious disease world-wide and this has led to use of mask as preventive measure even by common people. This study is aimed to analyze the discomfort caused due to prolonged usage of mask among college students in TamilNadu, India. 30 volunteers were selected and a study was undertaken to analyze whether the parameters such as oxygen level, carbon dioxide level, pulse rate, facial temperature, blood lactate level, and microbial load play a vital role in causing these discomforts. From the study, it was analyzed that there was a slight reduction in oxygen level. This may be due to wearing the mask that acts as a barrier which may reduce the airflow. There was variation in the pulse rate from 85 to 97 bpm. The blood lactate level of 5 subjects was observed between 5.3 to 7.5 mg/dL. The Carbon dioxide level was also monitored qualitatively. The microbial load of the mask was also examined. Gram positive cocci were predominant as it is the normal flora of the skin.
Jenny Angel S, Angela Lawrence, Vincy Reeta A, Elakiya V, Anto Princy J. A case study on various parameters leading to discomforts on prolonged usage of mask. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 8, Issue 7, 2021, Pages 95-99