MIT has designed a reusable protective mask: the level of protection is comparable to the N95.

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.

MIT has designed a reusable protective mask: the level of protection is comparable to the N95.

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.