Columbus, Ohio (May 11, 2020)—Dr. Alex Harrison, a recent graduate of Ohio State University’s College of Medicine, is working in Seattle as part of a team from Battelle decontaminating N95 masks for frontline health-care providers.
When most people are sleeping, Dr. Alex Harrison is suiting up to help disinfect masks.
Harrison, a recent graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine, is working in Seattle as part of a team from Battelle decontaminating N95 masks for front-line health care providers.
“It’s hard work,” he said.
His shift starts at 1 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.
Boxes of masks come in from hospitals, and Harrison helps process the masks by sorting through them and getting rid of those that are soiled with makeup or blood. About 10% of masks at Battelle are thrown away for those reasons, said Katy Delaney, a Battelle spokeswoman. The rest are placed on racks and pumped full of concentrated hydrogen peroxide vapor.
“That kills everything,” said Harrison, 27.
The next shift inspects, packages and returns the masks to the hospital that sent them.
“It’s good work where we can actually see the impact we are having as masks come in and are dirty, and get processed and cleaned and go back to the hospitals they came from,” Harrison said. “There’s a nice, tangible feeling of being able to give back to the greater health care community.”
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