Use of Masks as a Preventative Public Health Strategy to Limit the Spread of COVID-19

Use of Masks as a Preventative Public Health Strategy to Limit the Spread of COVID-19

Review Data

Q: Is the topic relevant to the journal area of interest? Is it contemporary and interesting for


A: Very good


Abstract & Keywords

Q: Are all required components included in the abstract? Are the keywords appropriately chosen?

A: Excellent



Q: Is the goal explicitly stated in the Introduction? Is its formulation clear and unambiguous?

A: Good



Q: Is the paper's structure coherent? Is it in coherence with the goal of the paper?

A: Good


Tools and Methods

Q: Are methods the author uses adequate and well used?

A: Good


Discussion & Conclusion

Q: Is it related to the results presented before? Do you consider them as coherent?

A: Very good



This study examines the empirical and grey literature related to the transmission and prevention of SARS-CoV-2, along with mask regulation, masks types and efficacy, current mask compliance and use. The Results highlight the importance of regular changing of disposable masks and washing of homemade masks after each use for maximum effectiveness. The Conclusion section aptly presents the argument that the wearing of masks needs to be mandated as public health strategies by government and/or public health officials regionally and nationally to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.



Q: Does the author utilize relevant literature?

A: Very good


Author's knowledge

Q: What is the level of author’s knowledge? Does the author utilize all recent contributions relevant to the topic?

A: Good



Q: Is the length of the paper adequate to the significance of the topic? Do you suggest shortening the paper without losing its value?

A: Good


Figures & Tables

Q: Does the author use them suitably? Are legend and notations clear?

A: Very good


Writing style

Q: Is it clear and understandable?

A: Good


Further comments on the paper

Comments: This review focusses on the effectiveness of masks as a preventative strategy to decrease transmission of SARS-CoV-2 which will act as a physical barrier against the virus and decrease the risk of the person wearing the mask, therefore preventing the transmission of the virus to public. The study holds great significance as the whole country is going through a pandemic currently and masks have become the “new normal” for our everyday lives. Masks have many advantages and benefits, however, there are limitations associated with wearing a mask.


Q: Would you recommend this manuscript for further publication?

A: Yes - Suitable to be published

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Author Info

Corresponding Author
Wally Bartfay
Associate Dean Undergraduate Studies and Director BAHSc & BHSc Programs, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University, Canada

Article Info

Article Type
Review Article
Publication history
Received: Fri 12, Feb 2021
Accepted: Sat 27, Feb 2021
Published: Thu 11, Mar 2021
© 2021 Wally Bartfay. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Hosting by Science Repository. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.31487/j.CMR.2021.01.03