COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 28, 2020)—Ohio-based non-profit company Battelle, came to El Paso in May to use their disinfecting system for cleaning N95 masks and make them reusable for medical providers.
With mask orders in place, many are getting N95 medical respirators for everyday use, but they are needed most by health care workers.
Center for Disease Control stated N95s should be used only by medical personnel, as they are ones most exposed to the virus. Still, the public recognized the effectiveness of these masks despite being encouraged to use cloth face covers.
These masks are not washable like cloth ones and need special treatment to be reusable and stay effective.
Derek Schiavone, director of the Battelle site in El Paso, says the company still encourages providers to purchase new masks and explains their program is here to help fight the shortage of masks and let suppliers catch up on production.
Providers from El Paso, New Mexico, and nearby, take their contaminated masks directly to the operation site or mail them in.
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