The CTU Research and Development team in collaboration with UP NTCBB developed eleven designs of reusable fabric face masks that were tested by the CCMC medical doctors and nurses on April 26, 2020.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States of America (USA) has advised for the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. With the increasing positive COVID-19 cases in Cebu City, it is anticipated that the demand for face mask will also increase.
In response to this demand, the Research and Development (R and D) team of the Cebu Technological University (CTU) composed of its VP for R and D (Dr. Adrian P. Ybañez) and the University Directors (Dr. Edwin Carcasona, Dr. Jivulter Mangubat, Dr. Leodivino Lawas, Dr. Jonathan Maglasang, Dr. Sunliegh Gador, and Dr. Lolita Velita) and a collaborator from the University of the Philippines – National Training Center for Biosafety and Biosecurity (Dr. Gianne Ulanday) have developed designs for a suitable reusable fabric face mask.
The choice of materials and designs were based on established literature. A total of 11 designs were made and were qualitatively tested with nurses and medical doctors from the Cebu City Medical Center last April 26, 2020.
The design that had the best score was chosen to be recommended for mass production. Materials used were known to have high filtration efficacy, and with literature claims to even perform similar to N95 masks when used in double layers. Further evaluation tests will be conducted by the collaborator. The chosen design will hopefully be recommended to concerned agencies for mass production, especially to the general public. –RD