Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, we are all familiar with the face masks, which are sometimes called barrier face covers. Masks of this system are worn on the face to protect the wearer and help filter respiratory secretions from the wearer to prevent disease transmission. Around the world, public health organizations are encouraging citizens to wear masks in public places to limit the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19.
to me Challenge.govThere are barriers that reduce mask use in general, including contact dermatitis, physical discomfort, fogging glasses, and difficulty communicating. The organization also says that many of the masks currently available promise unproven protective capabilities without scientific evidence to support the claims. The agency says there is a need to develop better designs, materials and technologies that are more acceptable to the wearer and have specific performance metrics.
To address the issues and accelerate the development of new masks, BARDA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health jointly jointly launched the Mask Creation Challenge: Building the Mask of Tomorrow. The challenge aims to improve the comfort, utility, and protective capabilities of masks that are worn during daily activities by the general public when physical distancing is not possible.
The competition supports the development of mask designs that meet specific performance standards and overcome barriers of use. The challenge wants to develop innovative, efficient designs for mass-produced, low-cost devices for every use to be worn by the general public. The challenge is to search for designs that are wearable and wearable without extensive fitting procedures or complex interactions.
The challenge will last for at least six months and will be divided into two phases, followed by a possible third phase. All respondents are eligible for the first stage. Participants can also participate in Stage 2 without participating in Stage 1. The first phase involves presenting the concepts for the redesigned masks with the announcement of up to 40 regional winners across four regions. Stage 2 is a proof of concept, in which participants are required to present solutions in response to a scenario, with finalists invited to submit prototypes for the test.