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Effectiveness of UV decontamination on N95 respirators.

Is UVC Light effective in decontaminating PPE such as N95 Respirators?


Heimbuch et al evaluated the doses of UVC needed to decontaminate circular coupons prepared from 3M 1870 N95 filtering face piece respirators (FFRs) using a variety

of viruses including influenza A (H1N1), avian influenza A virus (H5N1), influenza A (H7N9) A/Anhui/1/2013, influenza A (H7N9) A/Shanghai/1/2013, MERS-CoV, and SARS-CoV. There was no detectable viable virus for all six strains after UVC decontamination using 1 J/cm2.6 This dose is now reflected in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and N95Decon's websites.


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