Nike turns sneaker materials into face shields for medical workers
Talk about limited edition Nikes.
The sneaker juggernaut is using materials from one of its best-selling shoes to make face masks for medical workers. The company — in collaboration with health professionals at Oregon Health & Science University (OSHU) — released images of its design on Tuesday.
The face shield uses collar padding once meant for the sneakers, as well as a drawstring cord to hold the protective equipment snugly to a health worker’s face. The shield also incorporates the TPU component from the Nike Air — one of the company’s most popular shoes — in its design as well.
The equipment will be assembled “in a streamlined nine-step process” at Nike’s Air Manufacturing Innovation facilities in Oregon and Missouri, the company said.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say health workers should wear face shields like Nike’s when they don’t have tighter-fitting face masks — or in combination with homemade masks.
“Nike’s generous response to the COVID-19 crisis helps to instill an added layer of confidence and support for healthcare workers, that we can safely carry out the jobs we were born to do,” Miko Enomoto, M.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the OHSU School of Medicine said in a statement.
The Jordan-maker said that it delivered its first shipment to OSHU on Friday, April 3.
Nike’s announcement comes just days after Apple revealed its own design for adjustable face shields.
The tech giant plans to ship more than 1 million see-through shields each week through a “company-wide effort,” CEO Tim Cook said in a video posted on Twitter. The first batch was delivered last week to Kaiser hospital facilities in California’s Santa Clara Valley, where they received praise from doctors, Cook said.
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