The State of Illinois is asking healthcare workers to save unsoiled N95 masks. This is so they can be reused to meet the growing demand.
The masks will go through a decontamination process. The state has received a special machine.
It can decontaminate up to 80,000 masks per day.
The FDA has authorized the system. The process removes all biological contaminants - including viruses.
Masks can go through this process up to 20 times without degrading their performance.
Learn more about the program here.