Recommendations for Pregnant Members of Dermatology Health Care Teams During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jose W. Ricardo, MD; Shari R. Lipner, MD, PhD


Cutis. 2021;107(5):273-275. 

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Guidance on Face Masks for Pregnant HCWs

Universal masking of HCWs has been shown to reduce the rate of health care–related acquisition of SARS-CoV-2.[13] However, extended use or reuse of N95 respirators might contribute to SARS-CoV-2 transmission.[14] The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all HCWs wear a face mask at all times while working in a health care facility, even if patients are wearing a face covering or face mask.[2] Based on CDC guidelines,[15] HCWs in regions where community transmission is moderate or substantial should wear eye protection in addition to a face mask, and they should wear an N95, N95-equivalent, or higher-level respirator instead of a face mask when performing aerosol-generating procedures and surgical procedures. If working in a patient-facing role caring for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, HCWs should wear an N95, N95-equivalent, or higher-level respirator; gown; gloves; and eye protection (goggles or a disposable face shield).[15]