You can swap out your uncomfortable mask for a space helmet with built-in fans – but it'll cost you £150

A SPACE helmet style face covering is going viral as masks become a necessary part of everyday life.

The unusual face wear covers your head with a clear plastic bubble and has a washable fabric neck covering.

If you've ever wanted to look like an astronaut in your office then now's your chance.

The MicroClimate AIR helmet might look a bit silly but it has a built-in air ventilation system.

Fans inside the masks help to filter the air and stop the plastic bubble from fogging up.

MicroClimate explains: "From Uber to airline, AIR by MicroClimat will keep you comfortable the whole trip.

"AIR filters both inlet air and outlet air through HEPA filters that are in front of and behind our fans.

"AIR’s acrylic visor enables an unobstructed view of the face.

"The user can also wear glasses without interference."

The helmet costs $199 (£156) so it's much more pricey than your standard cloth face mask.

It needs to be charged after four hours so isn't suitable for long haul outings.

Unfortunately, MicroClimate AIR is currently only for shipping in the US.

How to wear a mask properly

A good fit is key…

The major issue with the masks is that most people don't wear them the right way, compromising their efficiency.

When applied correctly they will form a seal, like a pair of swimming goggles, but get hot and stuffy, so most people are likely to try and open them at the sides to breathe better, defeating the purpose.

Manufacturers advise that the mask must cover both the nose and mouth to keep you from breathing in mould and dust.

If it does not have a snug fit, it will not work properly.

It must form a seal around your mouth and nose, which is why we are seeing medics with bruising and red marks on their cheeks.

It will not work properly for people with beards or facial hair.

Even one-day beard growth has been shown to let air leak in.

In other news, Facebook is teaming up with Ray-Ban to bring us its first pair of "smart glasses".

Videos of a top-secret virtual reality headset developed by Facebook have leaked online.

And, the social media giant was branded a “danger to public health” as a shock report reveals staggering failure to crack down on fake news.

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