Employing Cribbed Wire to Increase Compliance of Face Mask Wear during COVID-19 Pandemic
Abhishek Singha Roy,
Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Kalka Dental College
and Hospital, Partapur Bypass, Meerut-250006, Uttar Pradesh, India.
To begin with, face masks were not designed to be worn round the clock, but in the aftermath of Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, duration of masks use has increased. However, conventional way of wearing of masks for such long period is giving rise to myriad of issues ranging from constant irritation to erythematous and painful changes at back of ear, thereby decreasing compliance and increasing risk of acquiring and spreading viruses. To enhance compliance with the Standard Operating Protocol (SOP), a simple technique of securing mask at back of the head with steel wire is being proposed to make it trouble-free, snug fit with less leakage of air. Enhanced comfort ensured by present technique discourages one from touching face, mask or ears inadvertently; thus offering better health protection.