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    Default Coronavirus - can we reuse N95 respirator?

    N95 respirators are more effective in protecting yourself against Coronovirus. There is a huge shortage of these masks (or any mask for that matter). Can we reuse N95 masks?

    CDC has good details on this topic https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/hcw...nceextuse.html. It's long and little boring to read thru. I provided relevant data for quick read.

    we can reuse N95, but follow these guidelines:

    • Discard N95 respirators following use during aerosol generating procedures.(this is mainly for medical professionals, not for commoners)
    • Discard N95 respirators contaminated with blood, respiratory or nasal secretions, or other bodily fluids from others
    • Discard N95 respirators following close contact with any patient co-infected with an infectious disease requiring contact precautions.
    • Hang used respirators in a designated storage area or keep them in a clean, breathable container such as a paper bag between uses. To minimize potential cross-contamination, store respirators so that they do not touch each other and the person using the respirator is clearly identified. Storage containers should be disposed of or cleaned regularly.
    • Clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after touching or adjusting the respirator (if necessary for comfort or to maintain fit).
    • Avoid touching the inside of the respirator. If inadvertent contact is made with the inside of the respirator, perform hand hygiene as described above.
    • Use a pair of clean (non-sterile) gloves when donning a used N95 respirator and performing a user seal check. Discard gloves after the N95 respirator is donned and any adjustments are made to ensure the respirator is sitting comfortably on your face with a good seal.


    Restrict the reuse to just one person. Meaning that, if you wear N95 today, don't let your family member/friend to reuse that mask. If you notice any of the problem listed above, discard the mask.

    How to wear N95:


    Helpful article about how to wear N95: https://www.wikihow.com/Wear-an-N95-Face-Mask
    Last edited by funlover; 18-03-20 at 06:50 AM.
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