‘Makes no sense’: South Korean nose-only ‘Kosk’ mask raises eyebrows online – National

As COVID-19 As the pandemic continues, a Korean company has launched a new mask design which they say allows users to dine comfortably while wearing it – but it raises many eyebrows.


The “Kosk” – the combination of “ko”, the Korean word for “nose” and the word “mask” – has attracted a lot of attention online because… um…. unique design.

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The two-piece PPE is designed to allow the bottom half of the mask to be folded when eating, leave only the nose.

Since its release, social media users have mocked the unusual-looking mask, both for its appearance when the user wears it, as well as questioning its ability to actually protect from airborne coronavirus. of the mask.

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However, some studies have found that COVID-19 It is easiest to enter the body through the noseso maybe wearing a nose mask is actually a good idea?

Professor Catherine Bennett, chair of epidemiology at Deakin University’s Health Transformation Institute in Australia, told Nine News that Kosks are a “strange idea” but would be “better than nothing.”

An advertisement for the Kosk mask.

An advertisement for the Kosk mask.

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“It can make a small difference,” she says.

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One Twitter user pointed out Kosk basically equivalent to people not wearing a mask covering their nose. Masks worn in this way are sometimes referred to as “diapers”.

The design comes from Korean mask maker Atman, sell masks online for about $1 per mask.

Believe it or not, this is not the first time nasal masks have been peddled during a pandemic.

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Last year, Mexican researchers designed a mask means just to cover the nose.

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According to Reuters, this mask is used to be worn under a regular mask, to enhance protection when removing the mask to eat or drink.

Throughout the pandemic, global epidemiologists have reminded people that Multi-layer mask protection is the bestand it is always recommended that a mask be worn to cover the entire nose, mouth and chin area.

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