The Twente Mouth mask (TweMo) is an initiative from Ambroise Holland b.v.. Normally, Ambroise produces products – such as braces, splints or orthoses – to support people in their movements when their body itself isn’t able to. Due to the Corona crisis we had less work to do. Therefore we searched for possibilities to help people in our region (and beyond) with our resources.
An ongoing shortage of mouth masks gathered our attention. Healthcare workers, more than others, are dependant on mouth masks to safely do their job. We think it is important that the limited stock of N95 masks should be available for healthcare workers only. Therefore we decided to develop a mouth mask for everyone who is NOT working in healthcare. A mask that could be reused with ease. You can choose a filter of your own, such as kitchen paper or cotton T-shirt. A mouth mask that can be rinsed under the tap or placed in the dishwasher.
Our goal was to develop a mouth mask that you can easily reuse. This made us think about the filter. This had to be easily replaceable and so we quickly got to a product that many people have at home: kitchen paper. Then we had to design a fit that fits well on the face, but is also relatively pleasant. After developing more than 20 prototypes, we finally came to the current design. The mouth cap (without filter) can be rinsed under the tap or simply put in the dishwasher.
No full protection
This mouth mask does not offer full protection against the Corona virus. Frequently washing your hands as well as keeping a sufficient (social) distance is a priority over wearing a mouth mask. In addition, depending on the individual fit, a small amount of air can still leak past the mask. That is the reason why we advise people who work in healthcare and are in direct contact with infected people to use the certified protective equipment. Yet we know that people seek the little extra protection that a mouth mask offers. For those people we offer the TweMo as a solution. So that the limited stock of N95 mouth masks remains available for those who work in healthcare.