During the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of protection masks is essential to reduce contagions. However, public opinion reports an associated subjective shortness of breath. We evaluated cardiorespiratory parameters at rest and during maximal exertion to highlight any differences with the use of protection masks.
Mapelli M, Salvioni E, De Martino F, Mattavelli I, Gugliandolo P, Vignati C, Farina S, Palermo P, Campodonico J, Maragna R, Lo Russo G, Bonomi A, Sciomer S, Agostoni P. "You can leave your mask on": effects on cardiopulmonary parameters of different airway protection masks at rest and during maximal exercise. Eur Respir J 2021 Mar 7;2004473.doi: 10.1183/13993003.04473-2020