Reinventing the Mask

A slew of PPE design innovators have set out to improve protection, comfort, and fit. The reviews have been mixed, but many are raking in development funding through online fundraisers.

Newfangled designs range “from clever”—a $15 brace to help standard surgical masks fit better—to “outlandish.”  Personal protective bubble, anyone?

Another product, the UVMask, purports to kill viruses in a “sterile vortex” and will cost $249.

But to truly help flatten the curve, the best solutions are inexpensive, scalable, and accessible to the low-income communities most affected by the pandemic, said inventor Megan Duong. “They can’t afford a $100 mask.”


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