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The COVID-19 pandemic presented unique challenges in efforts to protect both workers and the public. A lack of respirators for health-care workers spurred research on the development of alternatives to the N95 respirator as well as methods to decontaminate them for multiple uses. This presentation will summarize those efforts and provide suggestions for the future.

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- Discuss the physical mechanisms applied to capture particles with the use of an N95 respirator
- Describe the relationship between capture efficiency and breathing resistance
- Identify methods for decontaminating respirators
- Describe options for protecting the public and healthcare workers now and during future pandemics

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