Coronavirus-linked face mask shortage prompts doctors to seek best practices on reuse
Very little is known about how to properly reuse medical masks to fight infectious diseases. No method is confirmed to work. Still, in a report to doctors, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, some researchers are beginning to point to the best options for decontaminating used masks.
Medical professionals are reusing single-use medical masks across the country right now, according to the news organization The Intercept and numerous other reports, as the COVID-19 pandemic is stressing the usual supply chains for the masks. Medical masks, including N95 masks, are intended to be single-use and must be worn properly to be effective. According to a new article released by researchers at Stanford University’s School of Medicine’s COVID-19 Evidence Service today (March 24), however, there are some methods that doctors can use that do seem to be better than others. (Their communications particularly targeted anesthesiologists.)
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[Source: Fox News]