Annals of Work Exposure and Health
Protective Facemask Impact on Human Thermoregulation: An Overview
Protective facemasks (PFMs) negatively impacts respiratory and dermal thermoregulation mechanisms of human thermoregulation. This research found relatively minor increases in core temperature directly attributable to wearing PFMs, which suggests that perceptions of increased body temperature may have a significant psychological component or that regional or global brain temperature changes are involved. Modifications in PFM structure, components, and materials might allow for improved heat dissipation and enhanced compliance with use.