Bacterial and Fungal Isolation from Face Masks under the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ah-Mee Park et al.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led people to wear face masks daily in public. Although the effectiveness of face masks against viral transmission has been extensively studied, there have been few reports on potential hygiene issues due to bacteria and fungi attached to the face masks … We surveyed 109 volunteers on their mask usage and lifestyles, and cultured bacteria and fungi from either the face-side or outer-side of their masks … Although most identified microbes were non-pathogenic in humans; Staphylococcus epidermidisStaphylococcus aureus, and Cladosporium, we found several pathogenic microbes; Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus saprophyticusAspergillus, and Microsporum

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