The coronavirus pandemic has created worldwide shortages of N95 respirators. We analyzed 4 decontamination methods for effectiveness in deactivating severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 virus and effect on respirator function. Our results indicate that N95 respirators can be decontaminated and reused, but the integrity of respirator fit and seal must be maintained.


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Fischer, R., Morris, D., Van Doremalen, N., Sarchette, S., Matson, M., Bushmaker, T., Yinda, C., Seifert, S., Gamble, A., Williamson, B., Judson, S., de Wit, E., Lloyd-Smith, J. & Munster, V. 2020, 'Effectiveness of N95 respirator decontamination and reuse against SARS-CoV-2 virus', Emerging Infectious Diseases, 26(9), pp. 2253-2255. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2609.201524

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