Researchers adapt diving visors as medical masks

Researchers from the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition “Salvador Zubirán” and from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, adapted diving visors as an alternative to N95 masks, so that they are used as facial protection for medical personnel.

The system is made up of a diving mask that protects the face from possible external particles, as well as an adapter with a bi-directional filter that protects COVID-19 patients from pathogens.

Also, compared to regular foggy goggles, this development is designed to minimize moisture build-up in the visor, they said in a statement.

“The mask is completely sealed and allows total protection of the face, it is also sterilizable. Also, we have implemented an adapter that makes it possible to place a filter that provides protection against the entry and exit of bacteria or viruses, “said one of the leaders of this project, Mariel Alfaro.

Among the hospitals that have already received this medical material, they indicated, are the General Hospital of Zone 24 of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) and the National Institute of Perinatology (INPer).

As well as the General Ignacio Zaragoza Regional Hospital of the Institute of Security and Social Services of State Workers (ISSSTE) and the Polanco Mexican Red Cross.