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Nurses Blast CDC's Call to Substitute Face Masks for Respirators for Virus

Posted 3/20/20

The New York State Nurses Association March 11 slammed a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directive that loosened its recommendations for protective equipment worn by health-care workers to prevent them from being infected by coronavirus.

Until recently, the CDC recommended that health-care staff treating patients with the novel coronavirus should wear N95 respirators, which are masks that filter airborne particles. But on March 10, it changed its recommendations due to concerns that there will be a shortage of N95 respirators nationwide.

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