Federal Government Updates Guidelines for Use and Reuse of N95 Masks

Citing an increase in supply, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week recommended that providers move away from “crisis capacity conservation strategies” for N95 and other respirators, such as use of decontaminated masks. In addition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance that prioritizes N95 respirators for health care workers but no longer specifically requires that only they may use them as PPE. To learn more, click here.

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