How well do N95 respirators protect healthcare providers against aerosolized influenza virus?

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How well do N95 respirators protect healthcare providers against aerosolized influenza virus?

Description

N95 respirator masks are recommended for protection against respiratory viruses.

Date Last Updated (Year-Month-Day)

2018-12-18

Citation

Bischoff, Werner E., JoLyn Turner, Gregory Russell, Maria Blevins, Engy Missaiel, and John Stehle. 2019. "How well do N95 respirators protect healthcare providers against aerosolized influenza virus?" Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 40 (2):232-4.

Abstract

N95 respirator masks are recommended for protection against respiratory viruses. Despite passing fit-testing 10% of N95 respirator users encountered breakthroughs with exposure to influenza virus compared to full protection provided by a powered air purifying respirator. The current recommendation of N95 respirators should be evaluated for endemic and emerging scenarios.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30558691

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https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/infection-control-and-hospital-epidemiology/article/how-well-do-n95-respirators-protect-healthcare-providers-against-aerosolized-influenza-virus/D7543A718B49777D110A2F43FDAF4F4C