In the video, a company official folds a mask in half to expose the wearer’s mouth. Anapkin is then tucked away inside the mask just enough that it can hang like a handkerchief.
He then shows how the mask works by putting a spoon in his mouth.
According to the Japan Times, company president Issei Horino told a press conference that the technique can prevent droplets.
Japan has been highly praised for its initial success in containing the COVID-19 outbreak, but has recently seen an increase in the number of new cases. As of August 7, the country had reported 12,629 active cases of COVID-19, an increase from the 1,806 cases reported a month earlier.
As the country braces for a potential second wave, new personal protective items and methods such as paper masks are being researched to help reduce new infections.