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The idea is that the mask is more comfortable to wear than those that are on the market today.
Those who want to compete will have until the 21st to send their proposal for a mask.
“We want people to be involved in the development of new masks that are efficient and comfortable, this will help us to control Covid-19 and prepare us more for future medical emergencies,” said Nikki Bratcher-Bowman, the department’s response secretary. of Health in the USA.
According to her, there are several reasons why people refuse to wear a mask, even though they know it helps to contain the pandemic.
The contest will have two phases. In the first, 10 winners will be chosen who will win US $ 10,000 (R $ 57,000) each.
The criteria for the contest will be efficiency, ease of breathing and how it fits to the face.
Filters or sprays cannot be included inside the mask.
In the second phase, competitors will need to have a prototype. These masks will be tested, and the inventors of the top five will share a prize of US $ 400 thousand (R $ 2.3 million).
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