Placerville, Calif.-based ViruShield has released two proprietary personal protective enhancement products to prevent transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. The ViruShield Defender and ViruShield Guardian are both crafted to improve comfort and create a better protective seal for N95-style respirators and flat masks.

ViruShield Defender is a patent pending face mask seal designed to be used with most fabric flat masks. The seal works to enhance safety by creating an improved perimeter seal between the user’s mask and face, thereby reducing the propensity for air gaps which airborne particles can travel through. In addition to enhanced safety, the ViruShield Defender provides a more comfortable fit, and reduces fogging for those wearing glasses and goggles.

The ViruShield Guardian is a patent pending mask accessory for use with the popular N95-style respirator used by doctors, other first responders, and the general public. The product’s design is crafted to enhance comfort and protection by enabling a better, more efficient seal to be created between the perimeter of the respirator and face. The ViruShield Guardian is specifically engineered to fit and protect most adult face shapes against the damage that can occur from the prolonged use of N95-style respirators.

“Our team of dedicated engineers, designers, and technicians have worked around the clock to create products that enhance the face mask wearing experience and are vital during these times of healthcare crises,” says Carl Savoia, chairman and chief executive officer of ViruShield.  “I believe that the Defender and Guardian will transform the PPE sector by making their underlying masks and respirators more comfortable to wear for hours at a time while enhancing their overall efficacy.”

The ViruShield Defender and ViruShield Guardian—invented, crafted, and manufactured in the United States—employ an inward and outward leakage reduction system that reduces skin irritation typically associated with the long-term use of flat masks and respirators. Both products are reusable; made with medical-grade, latex-free, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic molded foam.

Featured image: ViruShield Defender face mask seal in use with flat mask. (Credit: ViruShield)