21 local time, U.S. President Donald Trump to medical workers, said that “when treating patients with new coronary pneumonia, masks can be disinfected and reused, rather than throwing them away when supplies are scarce.” Trump advised medical workers at a new White House briefing that masks can be “cleaned and reused” and “we have a good liquid to do that, and we’ve got a good liquid to disinfect them,” CNN reported Tuesday. “
U.S. media said it was not clear what type of mask Trump was referring to, but the Fda’s rules for common N95 masks stated that “cannot be shared and reused.” In addition, neither the FDA nor the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed the possibility that masks can be used safely after disinfection.
At the day’s briefing, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said hospitals should refer to CDC guidelines on long-term and limited use of N95 masks. But Forsyth, who has worked at the National Institutes of Health for more than 50 years, doesn’t reject the idea of “reusing masks.”
In fact, the CDC’s guidelines on the outbreak of new coronary pneumonia do mention “limited reusable masks,” the U.S. media said, but it also warned that the mask’s ability to respond to new coronaviruses is not yet known. The guidelines also say that not all masks can be reused.