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

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Title

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

Description

N95 respirator masks are recommended for protection against respiratory viruses.

Date

2018-12-18

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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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