Single cloth masks and ordinary masks give insufficient protection against new ‘airborne’ mutants of Coronavirus as most masks do not fit around the nose causing people to either wear it below their nose or to keep adjusting them. To combat this mind boggling situation, World University of Design has come up with a new design that provides utmost safety along with the ease of functionality.
Made with two layers of simple cotton fabric, the mask took a week’s time to reach its final version after trials and feedback from volunteers. The mask has a specially designed extension that’s the USP of the mask, as it follows the contours around the nose and covers it completely. This ensures that the vents around the nose are blocked offering extra protection preventing the air from outside to slip in. The second most important outcome of the design is that it does not allow vapours from the breath to be expelled out and fog up the spectacles thereby making it extremely functional for persons wearing glasses. Thirdly, the design makes the mask a very comfortable one to be worn for long hours without having the need to adjust it time and again as it follows the contours.
Prof. Umair Khan, a fashion faculty at the unversity designed the mask in the fashion lab along with his students. “I used the humble cotton fabric which is very effective, however if a manufacturer likes he could use 2-layer cotton-silk mix or the 3-ply light weight nonwoven material used for surgical masks. The design has been developed mindfully to fit any average Indian face size which can also be extended in case of larger/broader face structures.” Since the mask is made to cover the face securely and for long hours, it can be deemed successful in the current scenario as it does not allow air to sneak in through any channel but the mask and it minimizes the spread of droplets (source control) when the wearer sneezes or coughs.