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Duke Starts Novel Decontamination of N95 Masks to Help Relieve Shortages

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The process uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide to kill germs without degrading the masks

DURHAM, N.C. – Facing a critical shortage of N95 face masks that block the coronavirus, Duke Health research and clinical teams have confirmed a way to use existing vaporized hydrogen peroxide methods to decontaminate the masks so they can be reused.

The process uses specialized equipment to aerosolize hydrogen peroxide, which permeates  the layers of the mask to kills germs, including viruses, without degrading the mask material.

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