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1  I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), Moscow, Russia


The coronavirus pandemic has posed a serious challenge to humanity. Most countries are entering a second wave of increased incidence. Currently, it is necessary to pay close attention to the measures of non-specific prevention of infection among the population, which include, first of all, the use of face masks.

The aim of our study was to assess the understanding of the importance of using face masks by students of the Sechenov Medical University.

The survey was used. 228 students participated in the survey. Three quarters of those surveyed consider wearing masks to be an adequate measure to combat Covid-2019. All respondents wear a mask inside the university. It is a mandatory requirement for all students and teaching staff. The majority of those surveyed believe that disposable medical masks protect from saliva and mucous secretions of carriers and covid-patients. Two of third of students know the rules and duration of the use of disposable masks. Breathing and vision difficulties were indicated as the main reasons for refusing to use of masks. The most popular type of masks were disposable medical masks. Skin reactions due to masks wearing were noted by 65% ​​of students. The most common manifestations were redness, dryness and itching of the skin. Despite of these symptoms, the majority of respondents continued to wear masks.

Conclusions. Medical students believe that wearing face masks during a pandemic is an adequate protective measure against Covid-2019. Their knowledge allows to properly select and use of personal protective equipment. Most of the respondents have civic responsibility and understand the importance of masks using not so much for personal protection as for protecting others and can actively promote their use among the population.

Keywords: Covid pandemic, mask, protective measures