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Study: Pressure cookers can decontaminate N95 masks

Study: Pressure cookers can decontaminate N95 masks


The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign study found that an electric cooker, including a rice cooker, can be used to decontaminate N95 masks inside out without disturbing its filtration. This could help N95 mask users to reuse their masks after decontaminating them. The masks were originally made for one-time use. The researchers published their findings in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters.

N95 masks are highly vouched by many health experts as they claim that the mask helps contain the exchange of droplets which may cause the transmission of the virus.
N95 respirator masks are the gold standard of personal protective equipment that protects the wearer against airborne droplets and particles, such as the Covid-19 virus.

"A cloth mask or surgical mask protects others from droplets the wearer might expel, but a respirator mask protects the wearer by filtering out smaller particles that might carry the virus," said Thanh "Helen" Nguyen, one of the lead professors in the study.
They verified that one cooking cycle, which maintains the contents of the cooker at around 100 degrees Celsius or 212 Fahrenheit for 50 minutes, decontaminated the masks, inside and out, from four different classes of the virus. Read More...

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