Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka is famous for creating the Olympic Flame for the 2020 Tokyo Games. He gave an ode to Japan’s most beloved flower cherry blossom by turning recycled aluminum waste into the shape of a flower. But since the games have been postponed to next year, he has diverted his attention elsewhere. His latest endeavor includes him designing a shield to guard and protect the transmission of Coronavirus.
As you might know, Coronavirus protection includes a face mask to protect the eyes, nose, and mouth of the person. Hence, Yoshioka has come up with an easy-to-make face shield which uses a clear PVC sheet to cover the necessitated entry points. Free templates provide measurements for the size and thickness of the opening glasses and plastic boundaries respectively. You can find these PVC sheets at home improvement stores.
There are three basic steps to create this shield. First, print out the paper template and put it on top of the plastic sheet (this will cut out the exact shape). Next, you will attach it to the frame of the glasses. Since this equipment is in scarcity, doctors and healthcare workers are asked to create one on their own. A tutorial is available on Yoskioka’s website.
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Due to the vicious COVID-19, doctors aren’t the only people being urged to wear essential equipment. Every person is advised to follow the same measures as droplets of this virus can travel up to six feet. Thus, whenever people leave home, they’re mandated to wear a protective facemask or similar equipment. Initially, facemasks were deemed as the best precautionary equipment, but with these incredible shields making waves, doctors are recommending them.
Dr. Michael Edmond and Dr. Daniel Diekema, infectious disease specialists in Iowa City said that, “Importantly, face shields are durable, can be cleaned after use, reused repeatedly, and for many people are more comfortable than face masks. Because these shields are reusable and are diversified across the supply chains of multiple industries, the current supply is less limited than for face masks.”
Back in 2010, Yoshioka was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People, and it seems like he’s living up to his title.