The Striking Observations on Two Personal Protective Measures During COVID-19 Pandemic: Face Mask and Social Distance

Sukran Köse Kose, Yusuf Ozbel
2020 Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology  
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International License. T he COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread among people around the world, despite many measures taken by governments. Wearing a single-use mask, keeping social distance and hand hygiene are the main personal protective measures and need to be applied correctly by each person in the communities. These measures are very important, especially to prevent SARS-CoV-2 virus transmission from
more » ... c persons to other people of all ages (1, 2). We did an observation among the people waiting outside during the 2020 national university admission examination in the examination areas of four different schools. The observation was done by four nurse school students using a standard written data collection form. The form included a table of mask types and a field for notes. Then, the results were transferred to the excel file, and ratios were calculated. A total of 2408 people, including students entering the exam, were observed in terms of the usage of face masks and keeping social distance. We noticed that 76.7% (n=1847) of the people were wearing a surgical mask while 15.7% (n=378) of the people had no face mask (Table 1) . We also checked the proper use of the masks among the people wearing different kinds of face masks (n=2030) and observed that only 62.26% (n=1264) of the people were using the face masks properly, unfortunately. The improper use of mask was as follows: only mouth covered 6.15%, under the chin 27.29%, in the hand 7.83%. It has been observed that; • 30% of the students came out without a mask at the end of the exam. Among the students wearing masks, 80% and 20% of them wore surgical masks and cloth masks, respectively. • 95% of the students were seen to go out with a surgical mask in just one school. 188
doi:10.36519/10.36519/idcm.2020.0022 fatcat:4utqw5xpbbbz5fom3lg7rslufq