Potential Demand for Respirators and Surgical Masks During a Hypothetical Influenza Pandemic in the United States
Carias, C., Rainisch, G., Shankar, M., et al. (2015). Potential Demand for Respirators and Surgical Masks During a Hypothetical Influenza Pandemic in the United States. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 60(suppl_1):S42-S51.
The authors modeled demand for N95 filtering facepiece respirators and surgical masks during an influenza pandemic under base case, intermediate demand, and maximum demand scenarios. Because the billions of respirators and masks required under all three scenarios would likely exceed supply, the authors suggest the consideration of other strategies, including extended use and reuse of respirators and the use of other types of respirators.
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Linda Lanham Summitt
A possibly untapped source of masks for clinical assistance may be our closed universities and schools. Some of them may have masks, cloves, etc. that could be collected and used throughout the emergency. They may also have Millipore filters that could be put inside of surgical mask for added protection and then disposed of easily between clients and replaced. Please someone get this word out and check on it.
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