Over time, a number of innovators around the world tried to develop special masks that would be more effective in preventing the spread of the virus. Especially when there is no vaccine against it yet.
According to the British BBC, the focus of some of these innovators went beyond creating a mere muzzle that covers the nose and mouth, to developing “helmets” that cover the entire face; Rather, it extends to the neck and chest in some cases.
The beginning of this kind of innovation was last July, when inventor Yazin Al-Qaisi, who lives in Canada, announced his invention of a huge helmet called “BioVYZR”, which resembles an astronaut’s uniform, with transparent glass and an internal device to purify the air that is absorbed and lasts. Its battery up to 12 hours.
Al-Qaisi, 32, confirmed that he had sold thousands of his helmets since announcing them.
For his part, Chris Ellinger (35 years), a former soldier in the US Navy, developed another helmet called “NE-1”, which resembles a motorcycle helmet.
In addition to the powered air filtration system, the Ellinger helmet contains internal and external microphones and speakers, so that the wearer can easily talk to the people around him.
The helmet also has a built-in Bluetooth device, so that a person can make a phone call or listen to music while wearing it.
For its part, “Hole Labs”, headed by Michael Hall and based in Utah, announced that it has sold 3000 copies of its helmet, which it developed last September, which includes a transparent front window, a head cover and a back neck made of washable fabric. The helmet has a built-in ventilation system that purifies the air entering the person.
Hall, 44, believes that even if a vaccine is developed for Corona, and the virus is largely controlled, the helmet will be popular in the long term with people worried about poor air quality.
For her part, says Natasha Doyne, who owns a company specializing in the manufacture of masks in Florida: «Helmets have the advantage that they show the faces of people. You can see their faces and expressions easily, and then they support communication between humans better than regular masks. ”
And Natasha adds, “However, there is a big problem in the reliance of these helmets on air filtration systems, batteries and other electronic devices that can break down at any time, which makes them useless.”
Natasha also stressed the need to clean these helmets well before each use.
The aforementioned helmets cost between $ 149 and $ 379.
Dr. Susan Pham, medical director of the Corona Response Team at Wes Memorial Hospital in Chicago, says: “We should make good sure of how effective these helmets are in combating Corona. As there is not currently enough research to confirm this ».
Fem also notes that she is concerned that these helmets could lead to a societal divide.
“This will create a division in society between those who can afford to buy something that seems to protect them more, and those who cannot,” she explained.
It is reported that there are a number of previous studies, which confirmed that masks reduce the risk of transmitting or catching the virus by more than 70 per cent.
The Corona virus has infected nearly 4.54 million people around the world as of this morning (Monday), and has killed one million and 317 thousand cases.