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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The FDA and Personal Protection Equipment for the 2009 H1N1 Flu Virus

Q: Do  N95 respirators reduce the chances of contracting the 2009 H1N1 flu virus?

When worn properly, N95 respirators help reduce your exposure to airborne germs.  They do not provide complete protection from airborne germs and other contaminants, however. They are one part of an infection-control strategy that should also include frequent hand washing and staying home when sick.

Q: Is it OK to use one disposable N95 respirator for a long time?

Disposable N95 respirators are not intended to be used over long periods of time. If the respirator is damaged, torn or soiled, or if it becomes difficult to breathe while wearing it, remove it and replace it with a new one. 

It is important to understand that if you are exposed to infectious material while wearing an N95 respirator, your respirator should be considered contaminated. After you remove it and dispose of it properly, wash your hands thoroughly.

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