The ViriMASK by Israeli could be a turning point for healthcare staff, airport workers and individuals in precautionary quarantine. This is because many individuals are putting on facemasks to prevent inhaling airborne coronavirus bits and to prevent them from touch the mouths and noses. But even N95 masks cannot completely block miniature virus bits and cannot exterminate the virus.
All the hindered viral bits remain on the surface of the mask and present a danger when felt and disposed of. However, two masks that are under creation in Israel aim to achieve this protection.
Facemasks do not cover the eyes. While the major path for coronavirus to get into the lungs is the nose, experts think the conjunctiva of the eye is another potential spot of the entrance.
That is why Israel’s doctor and successive medical-device creator Dr. Noam Gavriely moved fast to create what he terms as the ViriMASK Protective Oculo-Respirator.
ViriMASK is fastened just about the head, wrapping the eyes with a transparent visor and the mouth and nose with a sieving tool. The tool can be cleaned and reutilized. The sieves may be substituted after 12 hours of usage and thrown into a unique envelope that contains antiseptic.
The license-pending ViriMASK need to be set for efficiency experiment at a self-governing lab about mid-April.
It is expected that the mask will cost around $50. This will, include a pack of two sieves and disposal bags. Extra filter-envelope packages will cost just about $2 per piece.
“We started working on this February 3, after I got multiple emails from our distributors in China asking us to find them face masks,” says Gavriely.
“Everyone is wearing a paper mask under the illusion that it protects them. It doesn’t. So I said, okay, we need something to bridge the gap between gas masks and face masks,” he added.
Stratasys 3D printing firm in Rehovot printed a prototype that team of Gavriely experimented the use of air-conditioner and a doll wearing the tool.
Independent testing will require to prove that ViriMASK offers a completer fastener around the nose and eyes and that its sieve blocks every virus-sized particle.
“We have established a connection with an internationally known lab to verify that it does what it is supposed to do,” states Gavriely.
“Tests aren’t done on prototypes but on devices from the production line, so we’re in a major race to get the first batch manufactured. But I think we have all the pieces of the puzzle.”
Also, ViriMASK is expected to free individuals from house isolation. This is according to Gavriely.
“Our own COO is quarantined at home because he went to Germany,” states Gavriely. “He could safely come to work wearing this mask. You can drive wearing this mask. You can talk with it. You cannot smoke with the mask and you cannot pick your nose — and that’s no joke because it’s very important to keep your hands off your face.”
Individuals with facial deformities or notable asymmetry might be able to request custom 3D-printed ViriMASK. “My friends in Stratasys tell me this is possible and we’re thinking about it,” adds Gavriely.