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UC Irvine physicians and local fabric cutting business team up to produce new type of mask

Daily Pilot, April 29, 2020

April 29, 2020

UC Irvine physicians and local fabric cutting business team up to produce new type of mask

Aditi Sharma, a resident physician in the UC Irvine Health dermatology department, said the sterilization wraps can be used in masks that filter up to 87% of particles, which is almost as effective as N95 masks, which have a filtration efficiency of 95%. … To design the mask, the physicians received help from several of the engineering groups on the UCI campus, including the Michelle Khine lab, Elliot Hui lab, and the Ben Dolan lab. UCI medical students have also helped cut wire for the masks. … To produce the masks, Sharma is partnering with UCI alumna Jenny Farrell, owner of OC Cutworks.