Germ-Filtering Scarf Protects Against Illness In NYC’s Crowded Spaces

Germ-Filtering Scarf Protects Against Illness In NYC’s Crowded Spaces

A Scough is an accessory designed to filter pollution and defend against germs.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 25 march 2014

An alternative to the sterile-looking surgeon’s mask, a Scough is a scarf that filters pollution and defends against germs.

Developed in Brooklyn by “hypochondriacs for style conscious germaphobes,” the Scough looks like your typical fashionable scarf, but it is made with an activated carbon filter impregnated with silver, the same technology the military uses to protect against chemical warfare.


A Scough is basically a scarf with a removable activated carbon filter that works by trapping, neutralizing, and killing germs and viruses. The filter can last up to three months if cared for properly. The Scough team recommends owners to store the filter in a clean plastic resealable bag or airtight container when not in use.

The startup doesn’t guarantee that the Scough will keep the wearer completely illness-free, but it claims to increase their chances of staying healthy and warm.

Scough comes in various styles and designs, with prices that start at $39. Replacement filters cost $10 each or $20 for three. Scough accepts orders through their website or their Etsy page.

Source: Brooklyn Magazine

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