Received: August 09, 2021 Accepted: August 19, 2021 Published: August 19, 2021
Prevention of contamination with Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as an airborne virus requires use of preliminary barriers such as face mask. Some people apply a repeatedly used face mask. As a practitioner working in an underdeveloped country with still passing the fifth COVID-19 peak, the first question I always ask patients is "When did you change your face mask?". In many cases, if they are honest, they will refer to a lifespan which is more than what is expected for a mask wearing off period. While driving, many car drivers have been observed who had hung their masks on the rare mirror or signal lever and interestingly sometimes the number of over hung masks is more than two. Why are some people unaware of the disadvantages of overusing a face mask? The answer lies in the lack of information about the wearing off time of a mask. The phenomenon of pseudo protection is observed most often in people with low socioeconomic status who cannot afford new masks. In some instances, people even apply their washed surgical masks. This phenomenon has even worsened during lockdown periods owing to deteriorated financial condition of families. Finally, mass distribution of protective masks and providing people with appropriate information regarding proper usage is a duty of public health providers especially in regions with low socioeconomic status. During the deteriorated life conditions induced by COVID-19, fulfilling this duty is complicated and its impact on both local and global surging COVID-19 peaks seems disastrous.