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Study Recommends Hydrogen Peroxide For N95 Decontamination

Respirators can be cleaned 2-3 times before efficacy loss, NIAID says

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Research suggests N95 respirators used by medical staff can be safely decontaminated at least two to three times, with hydrogen peroxide vapor the most effective decontamination method.

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