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SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Community Health Workers in India Before and After Use of Face Shields

Educational Objective
To understand the differences in the rate of COVID-19 infection before and after the use of face shields
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The transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is believed to be predominantly through respiratory droplets from infected persons in close proximity to uninfected persons,1 although airborne transmission may also play a role.2,3 Face shields have been proposed to prevent transmission in the community,4 but data are lacking. We describe transmission in a community setting before and after the use of face shields.

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Article Information

Corresponding Author: M. Emmanuel Bhaskar, MD, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai 600116, India (drebhaskar@gmail.com).

Accepted for Publication: August 3, 2020.

Published Online: August 17, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.15586

Author Contributions: Drs Bhaskar and Arun had full access to all of the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Concept and design: Bhaskar.

Acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data: All authors.

Drafting of the manuscript: All authors.

Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Bhaskar.

Administrative, technical, or material support: All authors.

Supervision: Bhaskar.

Conflict of Interest Disclosures: Dr Arun reported that he received fees for serving as medical officer from Community Research Network, Chennai, India, from October 2019 to June 2020. No other disclosures were reported.

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