Infectious Diseases: Prevention and Control

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Impact of Extended Use and Decontamination of N95 Respirator Fit

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 is an emerging pathogen that is spreading worldwide. It is primarily transmitted by respiratory droplets and by direct and indirect contact; however, airborne transmission can also occur in the context of aerosol generating medical procedures, necessitating the usage of N95 respirators for protection of healthcare workers (HCWs). The Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 pandemic has caused a global shortage of N95 respirators that can represent a risk to HCWs performing aerosol generating medical procedure.

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