MIT researchers create reusable silicone face mask
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Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) believe they’ve come up with a way for healthcare workers to reuse a mask with a level of protection comparable to N-95 respirator face coverings.
The team developed the “I-MASC.”
It’s made of silicone and can be reused without fear of contamination.
The N-95 mask is considered the most effective face covering because it can catch up to 95 percent of particles.
But they’re not made to be sterilized and reused.
However a major shortage forced healthcare workers to reuse them.
MIT researchers say the I-MASC silicone rubber can be sterilized after each use and the dual filters that cover the mouth can be replaced as well.
Researchers are still analyzing the mask but they say it’s a promising step toward addressing the need for healthcare supply shortages.