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Drinking Mask with Protection against Respiratory Illnesses

August 14, 2020



Invention Summary

The invention disclosed contains any protective mask (N-95, surgical, cloth, etc.) combined with an HME filter for safe drinking with others when social distancing is not possible.

 

Technology Overview

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic caused by virus SARS-CoV-2 has resulted in over 7.5 million cases and 423,040 deaths worldwide, with numbers still rising. Public health officials have recommended a combination of mask-wearing, social distancing, and lockdown procedures to mitigate the spread of the disease. Despite these early steps, many countries are reopening, as the large economic burden has caused a recession.

 

One major industry that has been impacted has been the food and beverage industry, especially at bars and coffee shops. As the spread of droplets through the nose and mouth is the primary mode of SARS-Cov-2 transmission, sharing beverages socially has been advised against by public health experts. This invention combining a mask with an HME filter would allow people to drink beverages while continuing to wear a mask in the presence of others when social distancing is not possible. The mask would be adaptable for drinking beverages with a drinking device, such as a straw. Compared to competitors, this mask provides a medical grade HME filter and allows drinking without compromising the safety of the wearer. Therefore, the mask overcomes vulnerability of exposure to the nose and mouth, that other brands cannot, by maintaining a seal while the user is drinking, and resealing afterward.

 

Potential Applications

  • Drinking mask to protect against respiratory illness while sharing beverages with others.

Advantages

  • Reduces the spread of COVID-19 (and other respiratory illnesses, ex: influenza) while allowing people to share beverages when social distancing is not possible.
  • Eliminates the vulnerability of the user by utilizing a medical grade port to maintain a seal while the user is drinking.

Licensing Contact


Lukasz Kowalik
(646) 962-7052
kowalik@cornell.edu

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