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A Study to Assess the Perceived Benefits and Barriers of Face Mask Usage During COVID-19 Pandemic Among Common Public

M Kavitha, Rosaline Rachel

Keywords : Barriers, Benefits, Coronavirus disease-2019, Face mask, Pandemic, Perceived

Citation Information : Kavitha M, Rachel R. A Study to Assess the Perceived Benefits and Barriers of Face Mask Usage During COVID-19 Pandemic Among Common Public. 2022; 15 (3):57-61.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10084-13145

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 31-12-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


Background: The coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is continuing till today. In the absence of standard vaccines or medicines to stop COVID-19, one of the best possible methods to slow down the spread of the virus is to wear a face mask, along with handwashing and practicing physical distancing. Masking up is a cheap and useful way of limiting the transmission of the disease. The COVID-19 infection spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Masks provide an effortless fence to help prevent these respiratory droplets from spreading in the air. Aim: To assess the perceived uses and barriers of face mask wearing during COVID-19 pandemic among common public. Research methodology: The investigator selected a quantitative approach, descriptive research design. The study was conducted at a selected area in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The sample size of the study was 100 and non-probability convenient sampling technique was used to select the samples. Brief introduction about the self and study was given and confidentially of the response was assured and willingness to participate in the study was obtained. A tool consisted of a structured questionnaire to assess the demographic variables of the participants. A structured 5-point rating scale on benefits and barriers of face mask wearing was used. Results: Findings depict that 91% of the participants had very high perceived benefits, 64% of the participants had high perceived barriers. Conclusion: A face mask could be very helpful in minimizing COVID-19 transmission, especially if it is widely used and has high compliance. Although the study's participants were aware of the advantages of face mask use, they may not have been as willing to cooperate due to its inconveniences.

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