FDA Emergency Use Authorization of Masks

FDA Emergency Use Authorization of Masks

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A: The FDA received questions about the original face mask EUA posted on April 18, 2020. On April 24, 2020, the FDA updated and re-issued the EUA to clarify that face masks, including cloth face coverings, that are authorized by the EUA are only authorized for use by the general public and health care personnel as source control.

These face masks are not authorized to be personal protective equipment, meaning they are not a substitute for filtering face piece respirators or for surgical face masks.

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