Meet The Scough: A Germ-Filtering Scarf

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Image: Scough

Last month, we shared the plans for a conceptual line of clothing and accessories meant to protect people in the ongoing germ warfare on public transit, but like we said, it was only “conceptual.” Knowing that it could be ages before the clothes appeared on shelves was depressing news.

Little did we know that three brave Brooklynites were already working on a real world solution to our public transit problem…

Meet the Scough: Created by a team of self-described hypochondriacs for “style conscious germaphobes,” the Scough looks like your run-of-the-mill scarf, but it’s made from “an activated carbon filter impregnated with silver,” that prevents airborne germs from entering your nose and mouth.

“Scough creates a mini-microclimate of freshened air that’s not just a barrier to a harsh germ and pollution-filled world, but is shown to adsorb and kill viruses and pollution before you breathe it,” the Scough founders claim on their website. “It’s for people who want to look great but are serious about avoiding the flu every time some jerk doesn’t cover his mouth on an airplane, subway or in your office.”

Though the Scough team doesn’t guarantee 100 percent protection from “some jerk,” it’ll probably make the germaphobic among us feel slightly safer if not totally at ease.

Depending on the material (flannel, cashmere or vegan fur) and pattern (herringbone, paisley, plaid, screen print), a Scough can be purchased on the Scough website or Etsy for anywhere between $39 and $59 and should prove useful until flu season ends in early April.

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