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U.S. Government Holding $500,000 Contest To Improve Mask Design

TOPSHOT - An employee controls health protection masks in a production chain of the Kolmi-Hopen company's factory, on February 1, 2020 in Saint-Barthelemy-d'Anjou, western France. - The company indicated receiving hundreds of millions of orders for health protection masks due to cases of coronavirus that emerged in a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The coronavirus outbreak has so far killed more than 250 people and infected thousands in mainland China and beyond and has forced governments around the world to take drastic measures. (Photo by Loic VENANCE / AFP) (Photo by LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wants to build a better facemask – and they need your help.

The agency has launched the ‘Mask Innovation Challenge’, offering $500,000 in cash prizes to citizens who come up with mask designs that are more comfortable and effective.

Participants have until April 21st to submit their ideas online. More info can be found at

What type of facemask do you prefer? What are the pros and cons?

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