Medical Journal of Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth

: 2020  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 706-

COVID-19 and face mask insufficiency crisis: A note

Sora Yasri1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 Private Academic Practice, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Community Medicine, Dr DY Patil University, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

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Sora Yasri
Private Academic Practice, Bangkok

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. COVID-19 and face mask insufficiency crisis: A note.Med J DY Patil Vidyapeeth 2020;13:706-706

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Dear Editor,

COVID-19 is an emerging disease that affects countries worldwide. The disease is a respiratory infection, and active disease prevention is required. The face mask is medical equipment for the prevention of COVID-19.[1] Here, the authors would like to address a new emerging problem in Thailand, which is the second country that the disease occurred. The disease has been occurred in Thailand since early January 2020. At present, the new COVID-19 related problem is occurring in Thailand. There are insufficient face marks for usage in Thailand. The serious situation occurs when the hospital lack face mask and this can increase the risk of COVID-19 outbreak in the hospital. Estimated, the required amount of facemask for general people usage is about 64.764 masks/day and the specific amount for health-care units is about 350,000 masks/day. The demand is more than supply ability in Thailand. The face mask insufficiency becomes a public health crisis and an important challenge in preventive medicine against disease outbreak. Lesson learnt from this situation is the requirement of a good plan by the national government in management on mask production and distribution to correspond to the serious big outbreak. To address the problem, the government has started mask production and supply. Furthermore, the local people are collaborating in local handmade mask production and sharing in the community. This attempt could help overcome the insufficiency crisis. In fact, “improving the system of emergency reserve medical supplies in the process of establishing and improving public health emergency response system” is the main lesson learnt from the COVID-19 outbreak from China as well.[2]

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2Wang X, Zhang X, He J. Challenges to the system of reserve medical supplies for public health emergencies: Reflections on the outbreak of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) epidemic in China. Biosci Trends. 2020;16:3-8.