Review Article
Volume 5 Issue 5 - 2021
Investigating the Face Mask Policies among the High Income - G7 Member Countries
Shafi Bhuiyan1,2*, Lily Yang3, Urvi Rai4, Yasmine Shalaby2, Connor Kucharic5,6 and Muhammed Awlad Hussain2
1University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
2Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada
3McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
4University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
5Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada
6Trent University, Peterborough, ON, Canada
*Corresponding Author: Shafi Bhuiyan, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
Received: April 23, 2021; Published: May 25, 2021




Abstract

Since the emergence of the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus the causative agent of COVID-19-in December 2019, the world has been grappling with how to control the transmission of this highly infectious disease. A lack of vaccine and universally effective treatment, alongside the deadly nature of the virus, has resulted in the adoption of extraordinary public health measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Increasing evidence regarding transmission dynamics of the virus alongside the unsustainable nature of prolonged social distancing has led to global adoption of face mask use in public spaces. This paper aims to investigate the ways in which the Group of 7 (G7) countries, a group of highly industrialized and influential countries, implemented and/or encouraged the use of masks within their constituencies. Through the research of available government resources and news outlets, summaries were created for the nature of mandatory mask policies within each of these countries. Our findings present a variety of different implementation methods both between and within countries in terms of how, where, and when such policies were enforced. In addition, we aim to provide insights, suggestions, and action items for knowledge translation to ensure the efficacy of future mask policies, including but not limited to the importance of equitable access to masks, as well as the roles of education and culture in mask compliance.

 

Keywords: SARS-CoV-2 Transmission; COVID-19 Pandemic; Face Mask Policy; G7 Members; Public Health Measures; Knowledge to Action

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Citation: Shafi Bhuiyan., et al. “Investigating the Face Mask Policies among the High Income - G7 Member Countries”. EC Emergency Medicine and Critical Care 5.6 (2021): 50-66.

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