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UC Irvine physicians produce masks for underserved communities

Daily Pilot, May 19, 2021

May 19, 2021

UC Irvine physicians produce masks for underserved communities

Early in the pandemic, two UC Irvine physicians started producing face masks for hospital workers from a material used to sterilize surgical equipment. Dr. Aditi Sharma, a resident physician in the UC Irvine Health dermatology department, and anesthesiologist Dr. Melissa Chang put their recycling plan into action as hospitals were contending with shortages of N95 masks … The pair formed a nonprofit, Recyclablu, and produced 10,000 masks for UCI Health employees from 1,200 pounds of medical waste.