California: Apple Inc. has designed special masks that the company has begin to distribute to its corporate and retail employees to limit the spread of Covid-19.
The Apple Face Mask is the first develped in-house by the Cupertino, California-technology giant for its staff. The other, called ClearMask, was sourced elsewhere. Apple previously made a different face shield for medical workers and distributed millions of other masks across the health-care sector.
Apple told staff that the Face Mask was developed by the Engineering and Industrial Design teams who worked on devices such as the iPhone and iPad.
FaceMask is made up of three layers to filter incoming and outgoing particles. It can be washed and reused as many as five times, the company told employees.
The mask has unique look but similar to Apple’s style having large coverings on the top and bottom for the wearer’s nose and chin. It also has adjustable strings to fit around a person’s ears just like traditional mask.
The company claims that it has conducted careful research and testing to find the right materials to filter the air properly while not disrupting the supply of medical personal protective equipment. Apple will start sending the Apple Face Mask to staff over the next two weeks.
Apple worked with Washington-based Gallaudet University, which specializes in educating deaf and hard-of-hearing students, to chose which clear mask to use. The company also tested it with employees in three Apple stores.
Currently, Apple is taking it one step up by exploring its own transparent mask options.