Nonmedical grade N95 respirator masks for voluntary use are available at the AMU Information Desk and Raynor Memorial Libraries. Each college and residence hall also has a limited supply of masks to distribute. To preserve supply, the CDC states N95 and KN95 respirator masks may be used beyond the manufacturer-designated number of uses, if properly sanitized between uses, but should not be used more than five times.
To sanitize an N95 or KN95 mask, remove the respirator mask and place it in a breathable paper bag. Close the bag and allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 72 hours before reusing the mask. This process can be repeated but should not exceed five times before discarding the mask. You should not reuse an N95 mask if straps are stretched out and it no longer fits snugly against your face or when it becomes wet, dirty, or damaged. Throw it in the trash, and please be sure to cut the straps before doing so.