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Can an N95 mask be reused?

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Due to global shortages of PPE such as respirators, the CDC says that masks can be re-used up to 5 times provided they are not contaminated and are stored properly.

According to the CDC, if extending the use of face masks, the following steps should be taken to reduce contact transmission after wearing:

  • Consider using a cleanable face shield over the mask to reduce surface contamination.
  • Perform hand hygiene 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).

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