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Ultraviolet Pathogen Killer Mask & Helmet
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My name is JO 753. I am The Prez of ZOL inc., an R&D prototype firm in Wauconda Illinois.

Since early April 2020 we have been developing the UVPK (UltraViolet Pathogen Killer) respiratory protection device. It uses ultraviolet light to kill airborne pathogens before they can get inside you. That includes bacteria, fungus, mold, viruses, prions - anything with genes in it that was on it's way to your nose, mouth or eyes will not make it thru alive.

 

Serious Protection  Why full face coverage is essential

Most people think that filtering the air before they inhale it is good enuf.  Not completely groundless, but we are talking about the risk of dying or getting very sick.  

In my opinion, that good enuf attitude is a big part of why there is a pandemic.

Rock climbers do not step on a scale then shop around for the cheapest rope rated for that weight. They know they could die if it breaks.

Now that a trip to the store can be fatal, we need to adopt that attitude. It has become common knowledge that the usual masks do more to protect others if the wearer is contagious than it does to protect uninfected wearers.

Unfortunately, too many people aren't wearing them properly.

You've seen them - the 'token mask wearers'. They drape a bandana on their face just to get in the store then let it drop under their nose, loosely dangling on their lip or chin. And when they need to talk, they will actually pull it down, completely defeating it's purpose. 

There is no mystery to why the daily case numbers are increasing. 

As the percentage of the population that is contagious increases, it becomes more and more likely that you will pass thru an invisible drifting coronavirus cloud when in a public place.  You won't know that a goofball Trump fan huffed & puffed his way thru the train station 5 minutes before you arrived. At the grocery store, the healthy looking young woman in the next checkout lane upwind from you could be one of the lucky no-symptom people who are still, none-the-less, spreading the disease.

Your surgical mask won't save you. Your perfectly fit N95 will presumably stop 95% of 300nm particles from passing thru it's material, but there could be millions of the 100nm viri per cubic inch, so many thousands can still make it thru.  Plus, you don't need to inhale it, the virus can settle in your eyes.

You won't know it happened till you wake up sick a few days later.

 

How It Works

The The UltraViolet Pathogen Killer unit works by drawing air thru an intense field of 275 nanometer wavelength light (in the upper range of the UVC band that does not generate ozone) to kill or damage any microorganisms in the air.  The Chamber UV Doom, as I have named it, contains and concentrates the deadly rays with mirror finish aluminum.  Since UV is also harmful to eyes and skin, the entry and exit baffles block it while allowing air to pass thru.

 A pre-screen keeps larger particles from contaminating the unit, which would reduce its effectiveness and a final filter catches the scorched corpses before you breath the sterilized air.  

 

You can be a part of the solution

Suppose I'd started this project a year earlier and quickly got a dollar each from 1/10 of the US population. 

With 30,000,000$ to work with I would have had products on shelves before the end of 2019.

The  pandemic could have been stopped in its tracks. In April when things started getting serious,  you could have ordered a UVPK helmet or mask.  Instead of shut downs, Uncle Sam could have sent UVPK masks and helmets to everybody who couldn't afford them and , even if they cost 1,000$ each, it would have saved 80% of what the economy has lost so far. 

But, that scenario would require an odd circumstance or a psychic premonition to begin. Few people had deadly viruses on their mind back then. I was busy trying to earn a living while running my shoe-string budget Presidential campaign.

Now, however, it only requires a little hindsight and a wee bit of extrapolation:

'If ZOL gets enuf to get this into production soon, I could buy it before I get infected!'

Just 10 bucks from each of a relatively small number of people creates to opportunity for them and everybody to have the option available in the near future.  Without that tiny investment, it won't matter that you are willing to pay thousands for a UVPK next spring when everybody around you is getting sick, there will be nothing to buy. 

By contributing now, you are helping to give yourself an alternative option to protect yourself in the future.  An option that does not involve getting injections or relying on everybody else wearing effective protection. 

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