Italian design studio Design Libero created a prototype for a new kind of protective equipment people might wear to protect themselves against COVID-19, the coronavirus disease: a bubble shield.
The inflatable Bubble Shield is designed as a physical barrier to protect people out in public spaces as they slowly begin to reopen from coronavirus lockdowns. It’s made from thermic-welded Etfe, a kind of fluorine-based plastic.
More than 2.5 million people around the world have been infected with the coronavirus, and at least 179,000 have died, and the US has the largest reported outbreak. A third of the world’s population is under some kind of lockdown as experts try to contain and treat the disease.
No one really knows what the world will be like as countries come out of lockdowns while the risk of infection remains, at least until there is a vaccine. In the meantime, designers have come up with some creative ideas for how people will have to adapt.
Designers Libero Rutilo and Ekaterina Shchetina told Business Insider that the Bubble Shield is “an inflatable personal environment designed for protecting people in public spaces.”