Recognizing that there’s a need for an alternative to single-use disposable masks, MIT researchers set out to create a solution that has the potential to be as effective as the revered N95 respirator. As James Byrne, a radiation oncologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and research affiliate at MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research says: “We really put our heads together to try to come up with something that was sustainable, and that’s how we really came up with this reusable, scalable, conformable, flexible mask.”
The mask is made from durable silicone and this material means that the design can easily be sterilized without damage. Notably, the mask includes two breathing holes that work with small, replaceable N95 filters and overall, it has a clear design to support communication.
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