March 27, 2020 / By Scottie Andrew, CNN
So much so that physicians are wearing used respirators, risking infection to care for patients.
But now, Duke University researchers have developed a method to clean them so they can be safely re-worn.
The team at the Duke Regional Biocontainment Laboratory has already decontaminated hundreds of N95 respirators without damaging them so they can be re-worn several times. It could provide significant relief for hospitals running low on supply.
The researchers published their decontaminating protocol so other hospitals can follow their lead.