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Frequency of face touching with and without a mask in pediatric hematology/oncology health care professionals.

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The impact of wearing a mask on face-touching behavior is unknown. We conducted a survey of pediatric hematology/oncology staff to assess the perception of how masks would affect face-touching behavior and a brief observational study of providers during conferences in a children's hospital to quantify how masks affect face-touching behavior. Most felt that the mask would either increase (37.4%) or decrease (36.6%) their face-touching behavior. During a total of 330 person-minutes of observation, median face-touching rate was 5.4 face touches/hour (FT/h) while wearing a mask and 20 FT/h without a mask. Masks may reduce face-touching behavior amongst health care professionals.

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