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Title:
DISPOSABLE OR PARTIALLY DISPOSABLE FACEMASK, ESPECIALLY BUT NOT LIMITED TO AGAINST CONTAMINATION BY VIRUSES SUCH AS A COVID VIRUS.
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2021/230742
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Disposable or partially disposable facemask comprising a piece of cleaning paper towel/filter material and at least one piece of adhesive tape applied to that piece of cleaning paper/filter material This is applied In such a way that the paper/filter material including the piece of adhesive tape can be applied around the mouth and nose by a user as a facemask by twisting or knotting the ends of the paper/filter material behind the head, or by using two cheek- jewelries to connect the facemask to the ears or behind the head. The non- adhesive side of the tape has the function of making the facemask stick to the nose and chin. Cheek-jewelry belongs to this invention, as well as nose-jewelry used for the purpose of this facemask. The invention also includes the way in which the mentioned facemasks can be supplied from a dispenser, namely by the facemasks being connected to each other only by the paper not being completely separated.

Application Number:
PCT/NL2021/000008
Publication Date:
November 18, 2021
Filing Date:
May 12, 2021
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ZEELENBERG-MARKENSTEIN, Gerda Jozina (NL)
International Classes:
A41D13/11; A62B23/02; A41F1/00; A44C15/00
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Claims:
Conclusions 1. Method of providing a disposable or partial disposable facemask, particularly but not exclusively against contamination, by inhalation or touch, by viruses such as a COVID or related virus, by means of: Providing a strip or piece of cleaning paper or ether filtering material reinforced with at least one piece of adhesive tape, wherein the adhesive tape serves for adhesion to the facial skin from the non-adhesive side, and wherein the adhesive tape may also secure a (double) fold in the cleaning paper. The adhesive tape on the paper creates a full-fledged facemask that is formed by the user by hand and worn on the face by connecting the ends of the paper or ether filter material behind the head, and/or , optionally, by wearing it with functional facemask-jewelry. 2. To provide facemask-jewelry designed for wearing the facemasks according to claim 1 or for wearing a facemask made from existing unadjusted cleaning paper or ether filtering material. These jewels could consist of: a nose ornament used to fix a (double) fold in the paper, cheek ornaments used to connect the facemask with e.g. elastic bands to the ears or behind the head, or cheek ornaments used to hold the beginning of the strands of paper firmly together. These functional jewels could also be replaced by items that are plain or as inconspicuous as possible. 3. The provision of facemasks according to conclusion 1 wherein one of the following variations and/or their various combinations is involved: - One piece of adhesive tape (for location on the nose) or two pieces of adhesive tape (for locations on the nose and chin), or more, is used. - A (double) fold under the tape is used, or the tape is stuck flat on the paper. - A piece of thin metal wire is used under the tape, or none is used. - Long sides are used on the paper, a long strip, or short sides, a short strip. - Two stickers with an opening in the center, located to the lelt and right of the center of the facemask, are used, or none are used. These serve for the possibility of hooking or passing e.g. jewelry or rubber bands there. 4. Providing a long strip of many facemasks according to conclusion 1, which are connected by means of a small piece of unseparated paper and can thus be delivered from a dispenser. Visitors to public areas can in this way pull off their personal facemask from the dispenser without touching the next facemask, since it can easily be torn off with one hand. 5. Providing a facemask-jewelry-set, consisting of a combination of facemask-jewelry according to conclusion 2. 6. Providing a piece of jewelry in which different pieces of facemask-jewelryaccording to claim 2 are executed as one piece of jewelry. 7. The provision of pieces of adhesive tape having a thin metal wire longitudinally thereunder. Thereby, a facemask from unadjusted cleaning paper can be made.
Description:
Short Designation: Disposable or partially disposable facemask, especially but not limited to against contamination by viruses such as a COVID virus. DESCRIPTION The invention relates to a disposable or partially disposable facemask, particularly against contamination by viruses such as a COVID virus. The present invention seeks to provide a disposable or partial disposable facemask, made of simple cleaning paper such as the cleaning paper that isoffered at store entrances during the current pandemic. The invention also seeks to provide a device for supplying the facemasks for visitors to e.g. a public area, by means of a dispenser with facemasks made of cleaning paper, which can be easily pulled apart from each other.The present invention may also make use of other fabric or filter material, e.g., of specialfilter material designed for even better protection against aerosols. Basically, the present invention comprises a strip or piece of cleaning paper or other flexible filter material to which, by means of applying at least one piece of adhesive tape, the function of a facemask is given, because the ends of the wiping paper or other filtering material can be connected behind the head, orby using a piece of facemask-jewelry to wear it. Several versions are possible. The purpose of this new system of facemasks is multiple: - It is very inexpensive and for one-time use. - It is aesthetically a pleasing design. - It can be delivered free of charge in a dispenser at the entrance of any publicplace. - It is always clean and fresh and it always looks that way. - It's comfortable, fits well and functions better than many ill-fitting facemasks. - It is the basis for a whole series of products, viz. facemask-jewelry, namely nose jewelry and cheek jewelry, also for men. - It can also be worn very well without jewelry or other means One of the main points in this invention is to make use of the strength that a simple piece of adhesive tape provides to the cleaning paper or to the other filter material, and that that is sufficient to turn something like a piece of cheap cleaning paper into a nice-fitting, welt-fitting, and well-functioning facemask.Also, the adhesive tape can be used to attach a pleat. Yet for each version of this design one can also choose to put a piece of metal wire under the tape, for extra strength and malleability. Another very important main point of this invention is the use of the adhesion between the non-adhesive side of adhesive tape and the skin of humans. Thepresent invention therefore includes expressly applying an adhesive tape or the like in a facemask, the non-adhesive side of which has the function of sticking against the skin of the face. The third important main point of this invention is the jewelry or other means specially designed for the benefit of this type of facemask with which, ifdesired, these facemasks can be even more pleasantly placed, worn even more appropriately and which make the facemasks a source of creativity and enable them to be adapted to personal taste, trend and commerce. This facemask- jewelry can consist of nose-jewelry and cheek-jewelry, but they could just as easily be replaced by means with an appearance as inconspicuous as possible,such as and colorless rubber bands, clips and clasps, to give the favemask a small appearance. The following is a list of some possible designs of nose-jewelry and cheek- jewelry: - Nose jewelry: An ornamental (paper) clip to be placed where the top tape ofthe facemask is, on the nose. This can be used to secure a hand-formed (double) fold. - Cheek ornament consisting of an ornamental clip with an ornamental elastic for around the ear. - Cheek ornament consisting of two ornamental clips with a means ofattachment between them such as an elastic band, chain or cord or combinations thereof, etc. that is worn behind the neck. - Cheek ornament intended to be attached via the circular adhesive with an opening in the middle and to further attach it to the ears or behind the neck. - Cheek jewelry which is passed through the circular adhesive, such as a chain with a clasp, a leather lace, etc. - Cheek ornament intended to clip it to the beginning of the strands of paper, to keep it tightly twisted. - All these jewels can also be performed in as small as possible, colorless, and/or as inconspicuous a design as possible to give the facemask an attractive small character. The invention will now be described in terms of various implementation options. It will be noted in advance that option 4(a) is most obvious in the caseof inexpensive cleaning paper, and option 3(a) is most obvious in the case of expensive special filter material. Manufacturing option 1: A facemask consists of a long strip of cleaning paper or other flexible filter material. For each facemask, two pieces of adhesive tape are taped flat to the cleaning paper or other filter material along its edge in themiddle of the strip, one at the top and one at the bottom. The procedure for wearing the facemask of option 1 is as follows: The adhesive tapes are folded over. If desired, a paper clip or nose piece is placed to form a (double) fold and the folds are pushed out a little. The long sides of the paper or other filter material are squeezed and twisted aroundfairly close to the center, and then joined together to form strands. In this way, the cleaning paper or other filter material takes on the shape of a facemask. In order to tighten the paper at the beginning of the strands permanently, a clamp in the form of a cheek ornament can be used at this point if desired, so that the facemask fits even better, and looks nicer. The facemask is placed overthe mouth and nose, and the strands of the paper or other filter material are twisted or tied behind the head or neck. The facemask is pressed down on the nose and under the chin, i.e., where the adhesive tapes are, for a moment. Manufacturing option la: To provide more space and volume for the paper at the nose, the pieces of tape can be stuck on the paper in such a way that adouble fold is created in the paper or other filter material, instead of Iying flat on the paper. The double fold runs vertically, from the nose to the chin, with the folds falling mutually from the nose. The procedure for wearing the facemasks of option la is as follows: The adhesive tapes are folded over and the folds are pushed out a little. The long sides of the paper or other filter material are squeezed and twisted around fairly close to the center, and then joined together to form strands. In this way, the cleaning paper or other filter material takes on the shape of amouthpiece. In order to permanently tighten the paper together at the beginning of the strands, a clamp in the form of a cheek ornament can be used at this point if desired, which will make the mouthpiece fit even better, and look nicer. The mouth mask is placed over the mouth and nose, and the strands of the paper or other filter material are twisted or tied behind the head orneck. The facemask is pressed down on the nose and under the chin, i.e., where the adhesive tapes are, for a moment. Fabrication option 2 and 2a. (Option 2 is the option where the (double) fold can be formed by the user if desired using e.g. a paperclip or nose-jewel. Option 2a is the option where the double pleat is already included in the product.) In these options, the same facemask is worn, but without the long sides of paper or other filter material attached. So this facemask is made of a short strip, but fabrication option 1 can also be used for this purpose. This facemask offers the possibility of wearing it in a way that can be further adapted to taste, trend and commerce. This mouthguard could be worn withcheek-jewelry with clips. The procedure for wearing the facemasks of option 2 and 2a is as follows: The adhesive tapes are folded over. If desired, a paper clip c.q. nose-jewel is placed to form a double fold (for option 2) and the folds are pushed out a little. The long sides of the paper or other filter material are not included or are tornoff. The short sides are twisted together and folded over, and to be attached to those firm ends are: the clips with e.g. elastic bands, or cheek-jewelry that has clips with e.g. elastic bands. The facemask is thus worn by connecting it to the ears or behind the head via these (ornamental) means. The facemask is pressed on the nose and under the chin, i.e., where the adhesive tapes are, for a moment. Fabrication option 3 and 3a (Option 3 is the option where the fold can be formed by the user if desired using e.g. a paper clip or nose piece. Option 3a is the option where the double pleat is already included in the product). The facemask consists of a short strip of cleaning paper or other filter material.For the procedure with a rubber band as inconspicuous as possible, or a procedure with cheek jewelry that has a hook, or with means such as an ornamental chain with closure, etc., a small adhesive patch with an opening in the middle is stuck on the cleaning paper to ensure the paper's firmness in the appropriate place, in order to fasten the rubber band or, for example, the hookof a cheek-jewelry to the facemask or to pass the ornamental chain through it. The procedure for wearing the facemasks of options 3 and 3a is as follows: The adhesive tapes are folded over. If desired, a paper clip c.q. nose-jewel is placed to form a (double) fold (for option 3) and the folds are pushed out a bit.The cheek-jewelry that is intended to be attached via the adhesive with the opening in the middle is attached. Also, clips can be used as usual, i.e. without using the adhesive patch. The facemask is worn by connecting it to the ears or behind the head via these means. The facemask is pressed on the nose and under the chin, i.e. where the adhesive tapes are, for a moment. Fabrication option 4 and 4a (option 4 is the option where the (double) fold can be formed by the user if desired using e.g. a paper clip or nose piece. Option 4a is the option where the double pleat is already included in the product): In these options, per facemask, both the long sides are supplied, as well as the adhesive patches with the opening in the middle, which is adhered to theappropriate place. This allows one product to be produced for each user. The individual user can choose to form strands of the paper to wear the facemask by connecting them behind the head, possibly using cheek-jewelry to confirm the strands, or to tear off the long sides of the paper and wear it via the short ends using cheek jewelry with clips or with hooks, with rubber bands, etc. (At this point, it is noted that any torn off ends can still be applied for cleaning or blowing the nose.) There are other possible options that are variations on these facemasks, e.g., the option, where a fold is attached to the top (nose) of the strip of cleaning paper or other filter material, but the adhesive tape is stuck flat to the paper atthe bottom (chin). Or the variation where only one adhesive tape is applied without or with a fold. All variations of this design are covered by this invention. The present invention includes the nose clip which provides the (double) fold in the cleaning paper or other filter material. A normal (paper) clip will not be covered by this invention, but a clip made of precious metal and decorated with diamonds, as welt as a cheaper version of a clip worn as a nose piece and clearly designed for this purpose, is covered by this invention. Cheek-jewelry is also designed to be worn with these facemasks, and is covered by thisinvention. It is understood that in the event that these jewels are used to form the facemask, they are a partially disposable facemask. The present invention particularly includes the two clips, which are either provided with an elastic band worn around the ears, or are connected to each other by a means that runs behind the neck. The present invention also provides for an ornamental clip, or a set of two or three ornamental clips with which an ornamental facemask can be formed using the facemasks described above, as well as from any existing, unadjusted cleaning paper. An example of a "facemask- jewelry-set" designed specifically for this purposeis shown in Figure 9. The present invention also aims to provide a device such as a dispenser which provides the facemasks for visitors to a public area, being facemasks made of cleaning paper or other flexible filter material adjusted with at least one pieceof adhesive tape per facemask for the purpose of being used as facemasks according to one of the above options. The dispenser provides these facemasks in such a way that they can be easily pulled apart from each other because they are only connected in one small piece of not separated paper. As a result, users do not have to touch the next user's mouthpiece. About one hundredfacemasks, still connected to each other at one small piece, in folded form in a dispenser for paper towels, has been found to be effective. One method for the user to make one of these mouth masks from unadjusted cleaning paper is by using a piece of adhesive tape with a thin metal wire underneath. If these are provided with the dispenser of unadjusted cleaningpaper, e.g. at the entrance of a store, one can make a mouth mask on the spot if desired. The invention will now be further clarified by the following illustrations of some examples of the various options. Illustration 1. Shown is: the long strip of wiping paper, the adhesive tapes , the double fold, the small piece of unseparated paper. This is listed as option la. Illustration 2. Shown is: the long strip of cleaning paper, the adhesive tapes,the small piece of unseparated paper. This is listed as option 1. Illustration 3. Shown is the long strip of cleaning paper, the adhesive tapes, the double fold, the small piece of unseparated paper, the two adhesive tapes with an opening. This is referred to as option 4a. Illustration 4. Shown are: the short piece of cleaning paper or other filter material, the adhesive tapes, the small piece of unseparated paper, the adhesive tapes with an opening, the mouth mask made from this with two ear elastics, the nose piece, the fold, the adhesive tapes on the back, the openingsthrough which an invisible rubber band has been passed. This is referred to as option 3. Illustration 5. Shown is: the short piece of cleaning paper or other filter material, one adhesive tape the double fold, the pieces of unseparated paper,the cheek jewelry, in this case clips connected with an ornamental elastic. This has been mentioned as a variation. Illustration 6. Shown is the way in which the two ends of the cleaning paper or other filter material (the strands) may be connected behind the head. Illustration 7. Shown is how the mouthguard option 3 is worn without a nose clip and with invisible ear rubber bands. Illustration 8. Shown is how the mouthguard option 3a is worn with invisibleear elastics. Illustration 9. Shown is how the mouthguard option 1 is worn with a set of 3 pieces of jewelry, namely 1 nose-jewel and two cheek-jewelry, namely clips for the beginning of the strands. Illustration 10. Shown how a mouthguard option 4a is worn with two pieces ofcheek jewelry, i.e. clips for the beginning of the strands.