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UMass Amherst Researcher Looks At Face Mask Sterilization

Jun 17, 2020

The N95 face mask is considered the gold standard for personal protection in hospitals and for first responders. In high demand and short supply, there have been studies to determine how frequently masks can be sterilized and reused before wearing out.

With personal protective equipment in high demand and in short supply during the coronavirus pandemic, some hospitals have been reusing face masks.

Unions representing nurses have questioned whether masks can be decontaminated and safely reused.

Richard Peltier, an associate professor at UMass Amherst, received a federal grant to investigate.

He spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.