In the fight against the increasing shortage of mouth masks, researchers from TU Delft developed in collaboration with Van Straten Medical B.V. a new way of sterilizing used masks and testing their quality. This could be a successful solution for the rising demand.

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Used masks have been transported and sterilized according to a specific protocol and tested at TU Delft and Reinier de Graaf Hospital. The results are promising. Recycled mouth masks could be a good alternative for the shortage of mouth masks and the possible high prices due to the corona crisis; the increasing demand from hospitals, care institutions, nursing homes and GGD’s was one reason for this study.

Bart van Straten, directeur van Straten Medical