Ozog DM, Sexton JZ, Narla S, Pretto-Kernahan CD, Mirabelli C, Lim HW, Hamzavi IH, Tibbetts RJ, and Mi QS. The Effect of Ultraviolet C Radiation Against Different N95 Respirators Inoculated with SARS-CoV-2. Int J Infect Dis 2020.
International journal of infectious diseases
OBJECTIVES: There are currently no studies that have examined whether one dosage can be uniformly applied to different respirator types to effectively decontaminate SARS-CoV-2 on N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs). Health care workers have been using this disinfection method during the pandemic. Our objective was to determine the effect of UVC on SARS-CoV-2 inoculated N95 respirators and whether this was respirator material/model type dependent.
METHODS: Four different locations (facepiece and strap) on five different N95 FFR models (3M 1860, 8210, 8511, 9211; Moldex 1511) were inoculated with a 10 μL drop of SARS-CoV-2 viral stock (8 × 10
RESULTS: UVC delivered using a dose of 1.5 J/cm(2), to each side, was an effective method of decontamination for the facepieces of 3 M 1860 and Moldex 1511, and for the straps of 3 M 8210 and the Moldex 1511.
CONCLUSION: This dose is an appropriate decontamination method to facilitate the reuse of respirators for healthcare personnel when applied to specific models/materials. Also, some straps may require additional disinfection to maximize the safety of frontline workers. Implementation of widespread UVC decontamination methods requires careful consideration of model, material type, design, and fit-testing following irradiation.
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