ASET Colloquium

Decontamination and re-use of N95 and surgical masks

by Prof. Arnab Bhattacharya (DCMP&MS, TIFR, Mumbai)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from to (Asia/Kolkata)
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The COVID-19 pandemic has spontaneously brought together researchers across the world enabling unique scientific collaborations.  The scarcity of N95 masks for health-care workers spurred efforts to decontaminate and re-use such masks.  A simple low-cost setup to measure the particle filtration efficiency of different masks has helped us evaluate several heat-based decontamination strategies, especially for low-resources. Based on protocols developed at TIFR a heat-based decontamination setup has been deployed at Tata Memorial Hospital, allowing the re-use of several thousands of N95 masks. Apart from this, I would highlight several interesting observations on mask filtration efficiencies that are relevant especially in a market flooded with many variants of masks, making different claims to their efficiency, re-usability etc.
Organised by Dr. Jyotishman Dasgupta & Dr. Satyanarayana Bheesette