Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Doctor Jiang Jin-jun (蔣進軍) from the Zhongshan Hospital (中山醫院) in Shanghai, has released a new “nose mask” for medical workers in Hubei, which provides an added layer of protection.
When the virus first broke out, Dr. Jiang realized that frontline medical workers spent extremely long hours in hospitals, and may be exposed to the virus during mealtimes when they need to take off their face masks.
Therefore, Dr. Jiang quickly called together a task force to create a low-cost, easily-structured, and disposable nose-protection masks, and successfully applied for a patent in early February.
During an interview with China News Service, Dr. Jiang said that many doctors and nurses are in hospitals 24/7 and if they are not protected while eating, it may increase their odds of being infected.
To reduce this risk, he invented the nose mask to prevent the virus from entering the respiratory tract.
The disposable nose masks were launched within a month’s time, and 20,000 masks have been delivered to the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital (武漢金銀潭) as of late February.