MNmask and Respiratory Protection Research

Responding to the Need, Supporting our Community

N95 respirators, which protect wearers from coronavirus-containing particles, are in short supply for front-line healthcare workers and first responders. In addition, they are needed by clinicians treating non-COVID-19 patients, to help shield them from undiagnosed cases.

To address the growing shortage of protective masks, ESSI collaborated with the Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) and researchers at the University of Minnesota to design, prototyle, and test face masks.  These masks, MNmasks, can be easily produced and used during the pandemic to help protect our frontline healthcare workers in crisis situations should N95 respirators not be available.

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Kits containing the materials need to construct the MNmask, style 3 are available on campus. These masks will be used during the COVID-19 pandemic to help protect faculty, staff, students, by reducing transmission of aerosols, including those containing the SARS CoV-2 virus.