The manufacturers of a new scarf claim that it could protect those who wear it from catching flu during this winter.
Community Lab reports that the makers have taken inspiration from the surgical masks and traditional scarves worn by the Japanese, and are looking to prevent the spread of germs.
Scough makes use of military-grade technology by embedding the masks within the scarves and bandanas to give it a more aesthetic appeal to commuters, whom the product is targeting.
The thought behind this is that when people are squeezed onto the different modes of public transport, they are more susceptible to infectious bugs, particularly in the big cities.
The co-founder of Scough, Ari Klaristenfeld, said he gained inspiration on one of his winter subway trips with Andrew Kessler. He said Andrew would place a scarf over his face as people normally do to stay warm, but he was doing it to protect himself from germs. He said this method was ineffective, but it did not look as weird as him wearing a surgeon’s mask.
Klaristenfeld, Kessler and the designer, Alexa Nigro, originally experimented with the insertion of common paper masks into scarf material, but this was not effective at preventing particles from getting through.
After their consultations with medical professionals, the Scough team found filters manufactured from silver-impregnated activated carbon, which is a material used in masks that were designed to help wearers survive chemical warfare. The filters trap and kill germs, along with pollutants. They usually last up to three months and are easy to slip in and out of a pocket which has been placed inside the Scough.
The anti-infection bandanas and scarves are on sale at a cost of between $29 and $89 and are available for shipment outside the US.
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