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Still in short supply, N95 masks used over and over


David J. Phillip – Associated Press

A nurse adjusted her N95 mask at a free testing site in Houston. Tight-fitting N95 masks are in such demand that hospitals are doing everything they can to extend a mask's life.

Imagine breathing through a face-hugging N95 mask for an entire eight-hour nursing shift on a hospital floor.

Properly fitted, it clings tightly to the skin, protecting the wearer from breathing in pathogens such as the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

But those filtered-out germs don't just vanish - the novel coronavirus can live up to 72 hours on surfaces, masks included. Just touching the outside of a contaminated respirator is risky, and it's considered the biggest danger of reusing them.


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