Personal protective equipment-associated headache in frontline staff treating COVID-19

Takeaway

  • The burden of PPE-associated headache among frontline staff treating COVID-19 is clinically significant and may increase as the pandemic continues.

Why this matters

  • COVID-19 is a viral infection currently responsible for a global pandemic.

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks and eyewear, is mandated for many frontline healthcare workers treating patients with COVID-19.

  • Physicians have previously reported that PPE is uncomfortable; furthermore, it may cause new onset headaches due to compression of pericranial soft tissues, and difficulties breathing.