Bored with utilizing masks that fog up your glasses, irritate pores and skin? Now you possibly can design “the subsequent era of masks” that’s low on price, snug to put on and protected towards Covid-19 pathogens, and likewise win $500,000.
The competitors — Masks Innovation Problem — has been introduced by the US authorities’s Biomedical Superior Analysis and Improvement Authority (BARDA) in partnership with the Nationwide Institute for Occupational Security and Well being (NIOSH). It’s open just for members from the US.
Whereas public well being businesses worldwide are encouraging folks to put on masks to curb the unfold of infectious Covid-19, extended carrying will increase points resembling pores and skin allergy, bodily discomfort and issue in speaking.
The brand new problem goals to develop low-cost, progressive and efficient designs masks that may present consolation, utility, and likewise has protecting talents towards respiratory illness pathogens, in line with a press release on BARDA web site.
Moreover, folks ought to have the ability to put them on and put on them with out in depth becoming procedures or difficult person directions, it added.
The problem is split into two phases: Design and Proof-of-concept.
The Design section is additional divided into two: one which focuses on bettering already present designs for masks and the second is to include new applied sciences and supplies in masks designs.
Section one can have as much as 10 winners, who will obtain $10,000 every. The final date to submit designs for section one is April 21, 2021.
For the second section, members require to develop masks based mostly on a hypothetical situation. After lab checks by NIOSH, $400,000 can be divided amongst 5 winners. Additional particulars can be up to date later, the assertion stated.
Because the Covid-19 circumstances unfold worldwide, the World Well being Group (WHO) suggested to make use of face masks, in public the place social distancing will not be doable. The infectious illness has affected 131 million and claimed 2.85 million lives globally.