Today, the NFL unveiled one of the tools it will use to combat the coronavirus. The Oakley Mouth Shield was designed especially to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and will be distributed to all 32 teams this week for testing. The shield attaches to the face guard of the helmet, and even though there are openings for breathability, prevents droplets from escaping.
Here’s more from ESPN:
The Oakley Prizm Lens Technology used by skiers, military personnel and, most recently, NFL players for enhanced color and contrast in their visors is featured in the new design. Plastic sheets extend down and attach to the face guard. There are airways and openings on the mouth shield but none that allow the direct transmission of droplets, according to the chair of the NFL’s engineering committee, Dr. Jeff Crandall.
The shield was developed with feedback from players in mind and has shown “significant blockage” of droplets during laboratory testing.
If the shield works, hopefully a version of it will be available to college teams. Today, Division I teams were allowed to begin strength workouts and film study with coaches. Florida State shared this video of players and coaches wearing masks and face shields during their training session:
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Who’s down with PPE? Every last homie.