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Respirator mask use by persons who are at higher risk from COVID-19

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Policy topic and advice provided to NPHET on 18 November 2021

To inform national efforts in response to COVID-19, HIQA develops evidence summaries and syntheses to answer specific policy questions and topics posed by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). 


This evidence synthesis was used to inform advice provided to NPHET to address the following policy question:

Should there be a recommendation for persons who are classed as at higher risk from COVID-19 (‘high risk’ or ‘very high risk’, according to HSE classification) to wear respirator masks (FFP2 or equivalent, or respirator masks with higher filtration efficacy), with the goal of their personal protection?”

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