The Face-shield Curtain for blocking virus transmission
A face shield with a curtain around the sides and back (Caracjou and ETM models shown).
Still affordable, cleanable and reusable. This is better than a cloth mask because
it covers the eyes, fully prevents a forward leakage jet going forward and it stops
the wearer from touching their face. This is better than just a face shield as the
leakage jet from coughs and sneezes is downward, away from the faces of others.
This is designed so it defaults to being worn properly. This is just a concept for
the moment, though several prototypes have been built, refining the design to the
current version. Next step, deciding how to move to production.
We see 3 ways of proceeding, and they are not mutually exclusive.
1) Partner with a business (or more than one) which already make face-shields,
develop a refined design specific to their existing hardware, and have them sell the
curtain as an accessory to their existing face-shield sales. They can determine if they
want to supply various colours or patterns for the curtain fabric. They would pay a
small licence fee for the right to use our ideas and design, which we will tailor
to their existing product. If this idea interests you, please
2) Businesses which are already making textile products (e.g. cloth masks) could
partner with a face shield maker, and make the curtains separately. In this case the
company making the curtains would pay the licence fee. If interested, please
3) Create a generic curtain design which individuals could customize to fit to a
face shield they already have or will acquire. We would ask each individual to make
a crowd-funding donation in lieu of the licence fee which would cover making 2 curtains.
(I think you should have 2 curtains so you have a spare when one is being laundered.)
How to get the generic DIY pattern and instructions.
We have now developed patterns for some commercially available face shields.
DIY curtain for the ETM face shield (Renfrew ON area).
Breaking News! Curtains for COVID accepted for the Create the Future Contest
You can see the entry at
https://contest.techbriefs.com/2020/entries/medical/10565. You can also Sign Up and vote for this
entry to help it become a reality.
All material related to the curtain design for face-shields is copyrighted by Darryl McMahon.
This includes, but is not limited to the designs, patterns and instructions for the curtain construction
and the terms: 'Curtains for COVID'; 'Curtains4COVID'; 'COVID Curtain'; 'face-shield curtain';
and 'face-shield wraparound'.
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