Happy New Year all!!! I’m not unhappy to see 2020 in the rear view. What a crazy year it was! While many of the events of last year were some of the scariest I’ve experienced, it wasn’t all bad. I’m sure everyone can name several times from the last year that they enjoyed or learned something important. I got to spend tons of time with my parents. I know I will look back fondly on those memories and be grateful that we had so much time together.
However Covid has not released us from its deadly grip. Apparently Covid-19 has mutated and created a new strain. The CDC doesn’t seem to think that it is any more deadly than the original but it is more contagious, meaning it’s easier to pass on; easier to catch. From the reports I’ve heard, the scientists believe the vaccines they created that are being administered now will more than likely work on this mutated strain, Of course they are not positive because even though they were able to create the vaccines, there is still so much they don’t know about the virus.
There are a lot of people who aren’t going to receive the vaccine; either by personal choice or because of medical conditions. Me, I can’t wait until I can get the vaccine. I know I’ll still have to wear a mask to protect other people, because the scientists don’t know yet if a vaccinated person can still be a carrier and pass on the virus to a non-vaccinated person. I don’t mind wearing a mask though. I can’t imagine the guilt I would carry if I made someone else sick.
I have a friend who is pregnant, so she won’t be able to be vaccinated. She has to go to the office every day and there have been a couple of people who don’t really understand how quarantine works. They go get a test because they have been exposed and then come into the office before they even get the results back. She is truly afraid that she is going to be infected and feels pretty helpless.
To try to give her some peace of mind I used my 3D printer to print up those visor type of masks with a clear plastic shield. I used PLA filament, which is a plant based plastic that is biodegradable. It will last a very long time as long as it doesn’t sit in water. I then punched holes in an office transparency and attached it to the four pegs on the visor (red circles). In the back there are loops to attach a hairband if the visor feels too loose (green circles). I clipped curves at the bottom of the plastic shield to keep the corners from poking her when she turns or lowers her head.
She will still have to wear a surgical mask, but she’s very happy to get these visors. She thinks she will feel much more secure even around those oblivious or inconsiderate people that don’t seem to understand the danger they pose to another person’s health.
There are many visor mask files on the website Thingiverse for you to download and send to your 3D printer. This particular visor shield mask designed by Glyn Davidson of North Wales can be downloaded from Thingiverse here.