Respirators and surgical facemasks for COVID-19: implications for MRI

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020.1 It is a disease spread by aerosol droplets from the airway of infected patients.2 Tens of thousands of affected patients are presenting worldwide for medical care. A small percentage of these patients may
require magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for comorbidities. The European Centre for Disease Control recommends healthcare workers use a class 2 or 3 filtering face piece respirator (FFP2 or FFP3), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend an N95 respirator (equivalent to FFP2 and FFP3), or facemask if a respirator is not available, when managing a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 infection

Respirators and surgical facemasks for COVID-19: implications for MRI
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