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Disposable flu masks "not reusable" says WHO, despite potential shortage

This article was originally published in Clinica

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There is currently no safe way to reuse disposable respirators and medical masks in the event of a flu pandemic, the US Institute of Medicine concluded last week. Masks and respirators are considered by the World Health Organization to be a second line of defence against such an outbreak. But the WHO estimates that at least 2.6 billion medical masks and some 90 million N95 respirators would be needed, should a flu pandemic occur.

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