The best fitting DIY face mask: Everymask #COVID19
A new mask intends to solve some of the issues with other mask designs: Everymask
If handled incorrectly, facemasks can actually increase a wearer’s chances of infection. As one is worn, particles are drawn from the air by the breath towards the mouth getting caught by the mask. By handling the mask, say by dropping it down to eat and then sliding it back up all those particles come into contact with fingers or get smeared on the face.
A recommendation is to treat a mask like a worn piece of underwear once removed. Wash it right away or if it’s disposable, discard. This creates a problem where if only one mask is owned then it’s unavailable until washed.
If we are in this for the long haul then prolonged wearing of masks may become a daily reality. Medical professionals and regular people alike don’t even need to complain that the current masks on the market and DIY creations exert a lot of pressure on the ears, bridge of nose and face – the pictures speak for themselves. For the public, without the intensity immediate threat seen in hospitals, an uncomfortable mask will soon become an unworn mask.
EVERYMASK is a DIY, no sew mask that uses a custom harness to tightly fit a sheet of filter material to a person’s face. It’s built with the idea that SOMETHING is better than nothing. It uses an adjustable head strap to avoid ear fatigue and a custom-formed nose piece spreads tension across more of the nose and cheeks vs creating sores on the bridge. By using an elastic loop around the face and pulling it in using the head strap a better seal is created.
After use the filter material can be easily disposed of or washed without the wearer having to touch the potentially contaminated filter material, and because the wearer only replaces the filter portion they don’t have to reset the comfort of the harness.
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