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Paper Title: Effect Of Face Mask On Oxygen Saturation During Exercise In Healthy Individuals- A Crossover Study
Authors Name: Muskan Satish Agrawal , Dr. Pallavi Chicholikar
Unique Id: IJSDR2208002
Published In: Volume 7 Issue 8, August-2022
Abstract: Background- Covid 19 outbreak has a profound impact on almost every aspect of life [1]. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends community use of masks to prevent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 [8]. Straying away from a sedentary lifestyle is essential in these times of global pandemic of covid 19 to reduce health risks [7]. There is a concern that wearing a face mask during exercise will reduce oxygen uptake or increase carbon dioxide rebreathing, which can result in low blood oxygen levels, reduced oxygen delivery to muscle and reduced exercise capacity. When people go outdoors wearing a mask, they know that they are at a lower risk of catching the infection. Exercising at public places wearing a mask will keep them satisfied that they are safe. METHODOLOGY- Ethical approval was taken. 106 subjects, between the age group 18-25 years were included. They performed exercise on treadmill following Bruce Protocol until exhaustion. The exercise was performed twice by each individual, once without wearing mask and then while wearing cloth mask on two consecutive days. The vitals were monitored throughout the test using pulse oximeter and the pre and post exercise values were noted. The level of exertion was noted through Borg scale of rate of perceived exertion. RESULT- On comparing the mean of pre and post values of SPO2 while exercising without mask, mean for pre SPO2 is 98±0.6325 %, and for post SPO2 is 97.849±0.7782 % (p=0.081). On comparing the mean of pre and post values of SPO2 while exercising with mask, mean for pre SPO2 is 97.953±0.6953 %, and for post SPO2 is 97.142±1.099 % (p<0.001). On comparing the mean values of SPO2 post exercise between exercising without and with mask, a significant difference was seen (p<0.001). CONCLUSION- The study concludes that there is a significant reduction in SPO2 while exercising with mask. The range of oxygen saturation drop while exercising with mask was within the normal limits (97.953-97.142). The SPO2 of only 2 subjects went below 95%. Hence, though the results are statistically significant, it may not be clinically significant.
Keywords: exercise, SPO2, oxygen saturation, mask.
Cite Article: "Effect Of Face Mask On Oxygen Saturation During Exercise In Healthy Individuals- A Crossover Study", International Journal of Science & Engineering Development Research (www.ijsdr.org), ISSN:2455-2631, Vol.7, Issue 8, page no.4 - 13, August-2022, Available :http://www.ijsdr.org/papers/IJSDR2208002.pdf
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Published In: Volume 7 Issue 8, August-2022
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