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Israeli-Made Mask Claims Best Protection Against Coronavirus

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By    |   Thursday, 30 July 2020 02:58 PM

An Israeli scientist claims he’s invented a mask that seals the face almost totally to prevent 99.25% of coronavirus-sized particles from infiltrating. While the mask may be effective, it’s not the most attractive face covering. Noam Gavriely, who helped the Israel Defense Forces develop gas masks during the Iraq War, calls his creation ViriMASK.

According to The Times of Israel, it offers more protection than N95 masks, which filter out 95% of airborne particles. Gavriely told the Times:

“Unlike other products, this is sealed all around the face, like gas masks and diving masks,” adding that the filter is also denser than N95s, making it further impenetrable. He said that his mask is the perfect personal protective equipment for medical professionals who are at higher risk of exposure to the virus. It’s also suitable for people who have to visit medical clinics or see healthcare professionals and want peace of mind.

The ViriMASK costs about $70, and so far, over 10,000 have been purchased through medical suppliers or online. The filter needs to be replaced every 60 hours and Gavriely said that his mask is lightweight, which makes breathing and talking easier than with an N95. According to Israel21c, the device can be washed and reused.

Gavriely said he began working on his prototype last February after he received requests from distributors in China for efficient and effective face masks.

“Everyone is wearing a paper mask under the illusion that it protects them,” said Gavriely, who did his postdoctorate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “It doesn’t. So I said, OK, we need something to bridge the gap between gas masks and face masks.”

The only downside of the ViriMASK, he said, according to the Times, is that it’s not suitable for men with beards unless they are smeared in Vaseline.

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