Israeli company, Avtipus Patents and Inventions, has invented a mask that can be worn while eating, which seemingly allows people to dine in with lesser risk of being infected with the COVID-19 virus.
The user controls the mask by squeezing a handheld lever, which opens or closes the mouth opening so food can pass through, as reported by Reuters on Monday (18 May).
According to the vice president of Avtipus Patents and Inventions, Asaf Gitelis, the device will also automatically open when a fork comes in close contact to it.
“Then you can eat, enjoy, drink and you take out the fork and it will be closed, and you’re protected against the virus and other people sitting with you,” said Mr Asaf, as he demonstrated the device at the company’s offices near Tel Aviv.
Reuters highlighted that the company has planned to start manufacturing the mask within months, adding that it has already submitted a patent.
The device is likely to be priced between US$0.85 (S$1.20) to US$2.85 (S$4.04), above the price of standard medical masks.