It has the same level of protection as N95 respirator masks.
Masks are now a daily necessity for all of us. Over the past few months, we’ve seen multiple companies launching their own brands of face masks that adhere to the current guidelines. But for the researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), they’ve just made a new silicone mask that can be safely reused without the risk of contamination.
Developed along with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the iMASC offers a level of protection that is similar to the expensive N95 mask since it uses the same N95 filter. But the difference is that it doesn’t catch other particles that may potentially contaminate the mask, allowing you to use it multiple times.
Shaped much like a normal face mask, the iMASC comes with a silicone rubber that can be sterilized before usage. From the image above, you can see that there are dual filters placed just in front of the mouth and are also replaceable.
CNN reports that the iMASC was 3D-printed and was tested on nurses and physicians who were then asked to rate its breathability and fit. It was also said that the iMASC was developed because of the increasing shortages of personal protective equipment for frontline workers, who have been battling the disease now for months.
N95 masks are considered the most effective face masks that they say can catch 95 percent of particles. The only problem is that it can only be used for one time since it wasn’t designed to be sanitized. Hopefully, the iMASC can help health workers battle COVID-19 in the midst of a shortage of PPEs.
Read more about the iMASC here.