Virginia grandmother and California fiduciary unite to encourage a grassroots effort to disseminate

the latest research about sanitizing N95 respirators


Dana Conklin, a fiduciary in Northern California, and Carolyn Berry, a grandmother of six and the mother of a doctor with a Virginia practice, have gathered information from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Stanford Medical Center, and Duke University and Health Center about how to sanitize N95 masks effectively to extend their usefulness. They also have included the latest information from the Center for Disease Control.




The women are not medical professionals, but they have friends and relatives who are, and they want to help keep them safe! Because they are not medical professionals, the women are having difficulty reaching the decision makers. They are asking grandparents and parents who have personal connections to medical professionals (husbands, wives, sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors, etc.) to use their voices and their personal connections to help ensure these research-based decontamination methods get to the right people.


The information to pass along is simple

The University of Nebraska Medical Center uses big ultraviolet (UV) light towers to decontaminate the N95 masks, making them reusable for as long as two weeks.     

2.     Stanford Medical Center has determined two protocols for sanitizing N95 masks: hot air and UV 

3.     Duke University and Health Center utilizes Hydrogen 31 Peroxide Vapor to decontaminate and reuse N95 respirators for up to 30 times.

      FDA approves the Ohio-based Battelle’s process to decontaminate 80,000 N95 face masks per day using a “vapor phase hydrogen peroxide” process.

1.     Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of N95 Respirators ─ CDC

For more information and to read the research, visit

Dana M. Conklin has a special interest in ensuring hospitals are sanitizing N95 masks following protocols that ensure the least damage to each mask. She is a fiduciary in Northern California, and her clients primarily are senior citizens, who are at high risk for contracting COVID-19. Conklin spent five months in China, including Wuhan. As she watched the nightmare unfold in China earlier this year, she remembered the national shortage of N95 masks during the recent California wildfires. She then read an article in the New York Times about an innovative method the University of Nebraska Medical Center is using to decontaminate N95 masks. Her friends who work at large metropolitan area hospitals knew of no credible method for cleaning their masks. One longtime friend, a nurse at a hospital in one of Florida’s current hot spots, told her an emergency department nurse had been handed a bandanna upon arriving at work the morning before. Horrified, Conklin began collecting credible N95 decontamination information and sharing it via calls to hospitals and first responders and via the Internet. You can reach Conklin at


Carolyn Berry has a special interest in helping medical professionals stay safe because her younger son is a doctor in Virginia Beach, VA. She has friends who are nurses and friends who are parents of nurses and other healthcare professionals. She is the former public relations association for Virginia Beach General Hospital, then part of Tidewater Health Care, now Sentara Healthcare. She currently is writing a book for grandparents and their grandchildren. To sign up for her monthly newsletter, visit You can reach her at