This Germ-Resistant Scarf Can Protect You From The Flu (And Chemical Warfare)

The Scough, a scarf embedded with the same high-grade germ filters that the military uses to protect against chemical warfare, is the fashionable answer to flu season. Instead of boarding the subway or walking near car exhaust with your face covered by a surgical mask, you can ward off illness in an infinitely more stylish way by sliding the front of the scarf over your mouth and ears to let its special activated-carbon filter work its magic. Scough’s Brooklyn-based founders came up the idea when they began covering their faces with scarves each winter in a doomed attempt to fight off germs and avoid the bizarre look of wearing surgical masks in public. When that didn’t work, they knew it was up to them to design a germophobe-friendly accessory that worked.

The interchangeable filters inside the scarves last about three months and trap pollutants and kill germs. The company also created bandanas for cyclists trying to keep the polluted air of the road away from them. Scoughs make their wearers look mildly creepy when they stand on the subway platform with only their eyes showing, but it’s so worth it to avoid catching the a virus this season! Besides, compared to the horror show that is the various oddballs most of us encounter on an average commute, creepy scarf-wearers are the least of our worries.  The scarves are fashionable enough to stand on their own without filters and are made in the USA. To make things even sweeter, for every scarf purchased, Scough will donate a vaccine to immunize a child who doesn’t have access to preventative care. If you’re into it, you can get yourself a Scough here, and if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go wash my hands. [Citylab] [Image via Scough]