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March 12, 2020

Congress to Address Facemask Liability as Part of Coronavirus Package

A new coronavirus bill in the U.S. House of Representatives will include a reform expanding liability protection for companies that sell masks. The House will address N95 mask liability according to a report in the New York Post.

ILR’s Senior Vice President Bryan Quigley pointed to the historical precedent with vaccinations for transferring liability to the government, allowing industry to avoid bankrupting lawsuits to promote public health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends any certified N95 mask to protect against the virus. While all N95 masks are certified to filter 95 percent of particles from the air, surgical masks are covered by the 2005 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, proving them with liability protection.

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