A Tiny Hospital in Texas Might Help Solve the Mask Shortage

For decades, staff have used a mask that’s much more effective than the N95, and is reusable

Photo: Honeywell Safety

The durable masks given to hospital workers at TCID are called North 7700 respirators and they’re much more effective than N95 masks.

“In industry, N95s are affectionately known and dismissed as dust masks. But they’ve reached holy grail status in health care for whatever reason — maybe because they are cheaper and more disposable”

Reduce and reuse

A demonstration of the fit testing of the elastomeric respirator with smoke shown by respiratory therapist Prakash Shahi at TCID. Photo: Salena DeAnda

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