What if you could safely disinfect and reuse the N95 protective mask instead of throwing it away,media reported. A team of engineers and researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital may have found a way. The team has created a new prototype of a reusable silicone mask that can hold disposable N95 disc aluminum tablets to protect people from the new crown virus.
The researchers say the new type of mask requires much less disposable material than a traditional N95 mask, and its silicone rubber is safely disinfected.
Based on feedback from health care workers and tests on design comfort and wearability, the team is developing a second mask and plans to conduct additional laboratory tests to measure its ability to filter viral particles in the air. In addition, researchers are working to build a company that will enable them to quickly support the mass production of the mask while seeking FDA approval.