Preprint (JMIR Preprints): https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/31955
Authors' Response to Peer-Review Reports: https://med.jmirx.org/2022/2/e37146/
Published Article: https://med.jmirx.org/2022/2/e31955/
This is a peer-review report submitted for the paper “Mask Use to Curtail Influenza in a Post–COVID-19 World: Modeling Study.”
Round 1 Review
The manuscript  entitled “Masks in Post COVID-19 World: Better Alternative to Curtailing Influenza?” undertakes the question as to whether the use of masks should continue after the COVID-19 pandemic for influenza. The authors use a susceptible-exposed-infected-recovered model to evaluate mask parameters.
The variety of combinations of mask prevalence and mask efficacy are very helpful and give strength to the paper.
1. An additional introductory paragraph on the susceptible-exposed-infected-recovered model would strengthen the manuscript and open it up to a wider audience, as this topic is of interest to many.
2. An additional 1 to 3 paragraphs in the Discussion are needed, comparing this study to similar studies.
3. I suggest the authors use color-blind–friendly colors for the figures.
4. This statement needs rewording: “vaccines of course only have to be administered once while face masks need to be worn continuously.” I suggest separating this away from the rest of the sentence and making it a cleaner statement.
5. The last sentence of the Discussion is a run-on sentence. Please fix.
Conflicts of Interest
- Froese H, A Prempeh AG. Mask use to curtail influenza in a post–COVID-19 world: a modeling study. JMIRx Med 2022;3(2):e31955 [FREE Full text]
Edited by E Meinert; This is a non–peer-reviewed article. submitted 09.02.22; accepted 09.02.22; published 27.05.22Copyright
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