Internet entrepreneur Marc Benioff told CNBC Monday that face masks have the potential to eradicate the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
“Masks are so important,” said the Foreclosure Co-founder and CEO said “Bad money“Host Jim Cramer. “If everyone in the US wore a mask for 3 weeks – just 3 weeks – we wouldn’t have a corona virus because there would be no spread, but people don’t want to wear masks.”
Benioff, a frequent guest of the evening stock investment show, and Cramer have addressed this issue together as the Covid 19 pandemic continues to spread rapidly across the country. The two sponsor the Next-Gen Mask Challenge, a competition launched by the global pandemic-reaction coalition XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance.
There are indications that wearing masks properly can reduce the transmission of respiratory viruses such as coronavirus, but a Pew Research survey found According to reports, one in three people in the United States do not wear protective equipment regularly. The Next-Gen Mask Challenge offers a $ 1 million prize that will be divided among three teams who can design a face mask that will be adopted by the general public. according to a press release.
The initiative includes resources to mass-produce masks for broad consumer use as communities attempt to restore their economy after the US went into recession. The competition is looking for designs that address the main reasons why people refuse to wear masks.
“We expect hundreds, maybe thousands, of submissions,” said Peter Diamandis, founder and chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation. “We will then take the top 25 of them and find out [if] They can be manufactured. Once we have determined their manufacturability, we will take the top 10 of them and go to influencers to measure acceptance.
The eight-month challenge invites young innovators aged 15 to 24 around the world to submit ideas that can change people’s views of face masks. A jury of judges and experts from the industry will select the main prize winner together with two other teams in an event on the subject of shark tanks, explained Diamandis.
“We want masks that are culturally cool to wear, that say something about you, that are functional, and finally we will be – apart from whether they work with our partners, for example at HoneywellProvide protection – we’ll go to a shark tank “to choose winners,” he said. The goal here is a new generation, next generation masks that people wear because they want to wear them, not because they are forced to wear them. “