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Surgical masks as good as respirators for flu and virus protection

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Researchers may finally have an answer in the long-running controversy over whether the common surgical mask is as effective as a more expensive respirator-type mask in protecting health care workers from respiratory viruses.

A recent study in JAMA compared the ubiquitous surgical (or medical) mask, which costs about a dime, to a less commonly used respirator called an N95, which costs around $1.
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