No, you shouldn’t try to decontaminate N95 masks in your oven

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Do not put used N95 masks in your oven.
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As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, N95 filtration masks are in short supply worldwide. It remains unclear whether wearing a mask as a prophylactic is necessary, but that isn’t stopping people from strapping them on when they venture outside their homes. And if you are infected with the COVID-19 virus, or you are working closely with infected people, then you probably do want a mask.

Can these masks be reused? New guidance from Stanford Medicine says yes, you can sterilize N95 masks — by “baking” them in a low-temperature oven. However, you should definitely not do this at home.

Tim Cook says Apple donated 10 million ventilator masks in U.S.; reiterates everyone should ‘stay at home’

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CEO Tim Cook hops on Twitter to offer some coronavirus advice and talk about Apple's mask donations.
Apple CEO Tim Cook confirms 10 million N95 mask donations to medical workers in America.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook said Wednesday the company has “sourced [and] procured” 10 million N95 ventilator masks for the U.S. and “millions more” for the hardest-hit regions in Europe, that would be distributed to the medical community fighting the coronavirus pandemic. He also urged his followers to “stay at home whenever possible” to help curb the spread of the disease.

Cook’s comments came in a Twitter video posted Wednesday morning.