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Face coverings for COVID-19: from medical intervention to social practice
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  • Helene-Mari van der Westhuizen,
  • Koot Kotze,
  • Sarah Tonkin-Crine,
  • Nina Gobat,
  • Trisha Greenhalgh
Helene-Mari van der Westhuizen
TB Proof, South Africa, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
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Koot Kotze
TB Proof, South Africa, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Sarah Tonkin-Crine
Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Nina Gobat
Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Trisha Greenhalgh
Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
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Abstract

In most countries worldwide, face coverings used by the public are recommended as source control during the COVID-19 pandemic. The dominant narrative has viewed face coverings as a medical intervention and evaluated their effectiveness from an infection control perspective. Face coverings are also a social practice, so policy implementation to promote uptake should consider sociocultural narratives