Apparently Coffee Filters Are the Perfect Shape for Face Masks


Wearing a coffee filter as a COVID-19-fighting mask isn’t entirely as ridiculous as it sounds. As Melitta—the German company credited with inventing the paper coffee filter—will tell you, they already make a standard-sized cone filter that fits the face perfectly. Instead, the problem is the material: Paper isn’t great for keeping out coronavirus, but the fibers Melitta uses for making vacuum filters is. And so, with a few production tweaks, Melitta—a company known for coffee filters—is now churning out millions of essentially medical-grade, coffee filter-shaped face masks.

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