This magnetic mask that involves metal strips being put in your nose thus dispense with the need to have uncomfortable elastic bands when wearing a mask during COVID-19 restrictions.
It was invented by Daniel Alaguero Cuervo, so that glasses don’t fog up while breathing but they also provide for better overall comfort and can be used by anyone with or without glasses.
The innovative creator who is from the city of Aviles, in the principality of Asturias, in the Northern area of Spain, came up with the idea during the start of the confinement on 14th March 2020.
Alaguero said it was uncomfortable to wear the mask for up to 8 to 10 hours at work in an interview with local newspaper ElDiarioDeAsturias.
From there, he started experimenting and found it was much more effective to hold the mask in place with magnets attached to the glasses or to a nasal strap.
In this innovative way, the glasses do not fog up and the user does not have to touch the mask to put it on.
This saves the discomfort of the rubbers or the mask falling off as the person speaks.
With the magnet upgrade the mask stays perfectly embedded in the face.
He pointed out that this innovation is only valid for the FFP2 modality mask.
This is because the mask needs to be rigid, something that is not valid in operating rooms.
There are tricks to try to prevent discomfort from happening, but none as effective as the magnetic improvement, as clarified in local newspaper ElDiarioDeAsturias.
The project is also a team effort, since the magnets were Alaguero’s wife idea.
He said:”I had tried many fixation systems, but it didn’t work until my wife came up with the idea of incorporating them.”
Alaguero has been looking for investment and talking to several companies to make the magnets in order to market them.
In Spain, masks are mandatory both in open and closed spaces that are public areas due to the COVID-19 situation.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Spain has registered 1,005,295 cases of COVID-19 and 34,366 related deaths.