I had an idea and wanted to share this with the Den. Maybe I’m completely crazy. Where better to confirm that than right here?
So, we have all heard that wearing masks is not an effective prevention method when it comes to the Coronavirus. The problem is that the masks are not form fitted so you can still technically breathe in the contaminated air. Additionally, the mask does not cover our eyes, which we often touch with our hands which may be contaminated. I’m not a physician, this is just my understanding based off information I have read. If I am wrong and you are a reputable source - please correct me.
It seems like having a form fitted mask + protecting our eyes, nose, and mouth would significantly increase our safety and ability to prevent catching the virus, along with washing our hands regularly. This leads to the idea I had.
Now, this might seem incredibly strange and a bit socially awkward at first, but please hear me out…
This (below) is the Ocean Reef Neptune Space G Full mask. I am ONLY using this as a visual example. The idea has nothing to do with the mask/brand itself. This mask is light weight, provides excellent visibility, is form fitted, and is easy to wash. If you simply add a filter for VOC’s you could be sure that you were always breathing safe, uncontaminated air. You could also be sure that your hands would never touch your mouth, eyes, or nose while wearing it because it’d be impossible to do so. (Always wash your hands before removing your mask)
Would it be a bit strange at first wearing this around, say, the grocery store? Absolutely. But, is it strange to wear this if you were about to go snorkeling? Absolutely not. It’s only strange and socially awkward because it’s something we’re not used to (yet). I argue this would no longer be socially awkward if people used their “PandeMasks” during difficult times like these. If wearing a mask like this and a set of disposable gloves could protect you while doing something like grocery shopping, would you consider wearing it? I think I would.
While the Ocean Reef mask is expensive, I do think “PandeMasks” (forgive me for the lack of a better name at the moment) could be quite affordable. It’d essentially be a lightweight snorkel mask with an activated carbon filter that was capable of filtering out these viruses. I don’t see any reason these masks couldn’t be manufactured and sold for a price people could afford.
So, am I crazy, or does this seem like an idea that could help millions remain safe while performing required tasks such as grocery shopping, or visiting a hospital, for example.
- Drive to the store and park your car
- Pop on your PandeMask + gloves
- Go grocery shopping
- Return to car/load groceries
- Remove gloves & wash hands/hand sanitizer
- Remove mask and drive home
Is this annoying? Absolutely. Do we want to have to do these things? Definitely not. But, could masks and taking precautions like the ones I listed above still allow us to function and do certain things that we need to do in public places with a higher level of safety? If so, I can’t help but wonder if something like this could be more helpful than the masks that are currently out there being used today.
Thanks in advance for any critique or suggestions. To be clear, I am not advertising or promoting anything here - I am just curious if a mask similar to a snorkel mask with air filters would be a helpful tool when it comes to preventing the spread of things like the Coronavirus. If/when these things happen, it’d just be great if people could wear something short of a hazmat suit and still be/feel safe in public places we all need to go at some point.