COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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The following resources are available from CDC/NIOSH to assist with personal protective equipment (PPE) use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit NIOSH’s Personal Protective Equipment page for more information on PPE.

Healthcare-Specific PPE Use Guidance

Healthcare personnel should refer to infection prevention and control recommendations and guidance for caring for patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19  for additional guidance related to PPE recommendations.

General PPE Guidance

How to Properly Use PPE


Optimizing PPE Supply



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The following resources include a list of NIOSH-approved N95 respirators, the differences between N95 respirators and surgical masks, use guidelines, and information on fit-testing.

NIOSH-Approved N95 Respirators

Differences between N95 Respirators and Surgical Masks

How to Use Respirators


Page last reviewed: October 5, 2021