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Performance with masks

Dear Sir or Madam,

Many people feel they are not able to breathe while wearing a surgical mask or a KN95/FFP2 mask. This is one of the reasons why wearing a mask over an extended period of time, for example at school or work, is a topic of heated discussion. A current study from sport scientists has shown now that masks do not hinder performance, even during stress tests. Read more in our interview.

Stay healthy!

Timo Roth
Editorial team

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Topic of the Month: Telemedicine in the pandemic
Video: Eye-tracking at the ICU
Interview: Performance while wearing masks
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Telemedicine: Safe diagnostics in the pandemic - and beyond

Topic of the Month

Image: A female physician is talking to a coughing man in a video meeting; Copyright: PantherMedia/Andrey Popov
Who could have foreseen how the Corona pandemic would transform our lives? The work world has been transformed by mobile working and digital tools. Face-to-face meetings still matter, but they are not quite as important as they used to be. And telemedicine is changing how physicians interact with patients.
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Telemedicine: Safe diagnostics in the pandemic - and beyond
Telemedicine as an alternative: contactless and secure diagnoses
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Intensive care patients: Communication via eye-tracking systems


Image: Preview picture of video "Eye-tracking systems"
Patients at the intensive care unit are not always able to communicate with their environment, even if they are conscious. The BG University Hospital Bergmannsheil in Bochum, Germany, now aims to enable them to communicate using an eye-tracking system. Learn in our video interview how this system works, how it was established and what obstacles still need to be overcome.
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What intensive care patients really need – Communication via eye-tracking systems
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Does wearing masks affect endurance and athletic performance?


Image: Man with mask is doing sports; Copyright: PantherMedia / Marushy99
Does wearing a mask diminish athletic performance? Do we fatigue faster while wearing a face mask during exercise? Our subjective perception might suggest that a mask or face covering restricts us. A study by the University of Wuppertal explored the physiological effects of wearing KN95 or FFP2 (European Union standard) face masks.
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FFP2, N95, and KN95 masks: Does wearing them affect endurance and athletic performance?
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