A coronavirus face mask that seems better suited for space travel than the daily commute will begin shipping to customers at the end of this month.
The BioVYZR 1.0 is equipped with a motorized fan that pushes air through the filters, eliminating harmful pathogens and a large visor to prevent users from touching their face and transmitting infection.
It was created by the Canadian start-up VYZR technologies and has so far received more than £ 204,000 in investments from supporters, including doctors, nurses and dentists via the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
The high-tech mask hit assembly lines last month. It is expected to cost around £ 141 when it goes on general sale.
It comes amid unbridled speculation that standard face masks may not offer adequate protection against coronavirus.
The BioVYZR 1.0 uses a motorized ventilator to push air through two purifiers, eliminating harmful pathogens, before it is breathed in by the user
Users attach the mask with a large strap around the chest and breathe normally.
Air is drawn in by a fan at the back of the mask, behind the head, and pushed through the filters. It is then expelled from the sides of the mask.
BioVYZR co-founder Yezin Al-Qaysi said futuristic personal protective equipment (PPE) prevents almost all airborne pathogens from reaching its user.
“We are in the midst of a heated debate over whether Covid-19 is only transmitted by large droplets, or by aerosols as well,” he said.
“Until a scientific consensus crystallizes, we will need PPE that can effectively prevent the aerial transmission of COVID-19. That’s why we made the BioVYZR. “
Production of the textile part of the mask has already started, while mass production of its air purification system is set to start shortly, said an update released on May 17.
All the masks, which are built in China, will be built to meet the demands of working in a hospital.
Production of the textile part of the mask has already started and the air purification system is expected to hit the production line this month.
The mask was supported by more than £ 200,000 from donors, including doctors, nurses and dentists
Official advice from the British government on whether wearing even a simple face mask helps slow the spread of the disease has been mixed, although experts are now looking at something better. that nothing.
A review of the scientific literature from the University of East Anglia found that the masks have a “small protective effect” that could protect the elderly and vulnerable.
But they said the evidence was not strong enough to recommend its widespread use.
A University of Oxford study published on March 30 concluded that medical-grade surgical masks and N95 masks are just as effective at stopping the spread of infections as each other.
Evidence from countries where the mask has been imposed suggests that it may slow the spread of the infection.
Austria reached this milestone on April 6, after an outbreak of infections, and saw its infection rate drop from 90 per million inhabitants to ten in less than a fortnight.
The Czech Republic and Slovakia were the first two European countries to make masks mandatory, and both had very low infection rates.
Two people are shown wearing masks on the Clapham Common in London. Face masks are only recommended for use in public transport and in stores, not mandatory
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The BioVYZR 1.0 mask should offer a higher level of protection than the other masks currently available.
In the UK, masks are recommended for those entering “confined spaces where social distancing is not always possible”, such as on public transport or in some stores.
However, they are not mandatory. It is also not recommended for those who exercise to use them.