How mask and robotics are used in order to fightback COVID-19 effectively

The coronavirus pandemic has shut the world down like nothing we’ve ever seen before. With the medical community completely shifting their focus and effort on fighting back against this worldwide pandemic by innovating different technologies in face mask and using robots to treat patients, it’s left many without work or anything productive to do.

robotics and mask designing and testing

The coronavirus pandemic has shut the world down like nothing we’ve ever seen before. With the medical community completely shifting their focus and effort on fighting back against this worldwide pandemic by innovating different technologies in face mask and using robots to treat patients, it’s left many without work or anything productive to do.

Around the world, there are a plethora of engineers, physicists, scientists, and otherwise just normal people making superhuman efforts at fighting back against COVID-19. There are thousands of collaborative engineering efforts against COVID-19 taking place each and every day. From 3D printed mask to mechanical ventilators, the STEAM community is putting up a solid fight back against the coronavirus. 

To aid in giving the projects and people visibility as well as highlighting how engineering is being used to combat the coronavirus, this is an engineering coronavirus site here created by interesting engineering. You’ll find a graphical interface to browse through submitted projects and news stories and get a live look at how the virus is spreading. It’s an engineering-centric COVID-19 hub.

3D printed mask solution for coronavirus 

With 3D printing practically in the mainstream, it’s been a primary tool for engineering to fight against the coronavirus. One notable project is that of the NonoHack Mask. While there have been a number of 3D printed masks, this mask design offers up versatility in just what you use for the air filtering portion.

Designed specifically for use with a polypropylene filter material to fit in the bottom, it can provide filtration for up to 96.4% of microorganisms the size of one micron and 89.5% of microorganisms of .02 microns.

3d printed design of a mask

Notably though, due to the way that the interface of the mask was designed, it allows for you to replace the filter material with any other found material if you don’t have access to the specific filter required.

The team behind the mask references research indicates that if you don’t have a polypropylene filter, you might be able to use a modified vacuum cleaner bag, tea towel, or cotton mix as close alternatives. While they won’t be as good as the specially designed filter, the design of the mask allows these other materials to be easily inserted and used.

different types of mask table

Robotic solutions for COVID-19

While there have been a plethora of companies and individuals that have hacked robots to create ventilators for seriously ill patients, we’re going to focus on another robotic innovation helping patients’ well-being: Robot doctors.

Researchers at Chulalongkorn University have rolled out three new telemedicine robots that can aid the doctor-patient relationship while sparing the regular human interaction. The robots can easily be used by hospital staff to communicate with COVID-19 patients remotely.

Specifically, the robots created by the university are going to be used at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute.

The robots were initially designed by the university team to help care for patients that were recovering from strokes, but they are now being repurposed to supply world-class leading medical care during a time when intense quarantine and isolation is needed.

These robots not only maintain a strict barrier between doctor and patient, but they also help one doctor quickly and easily talk with multiple patients. Seeing multiple patients after one another in hospitals often requires stripping and reapplying medical garb, whereas tele medicine robots can easily avoid that.

robotics used in covid fightback

The robots are capable of assessing the patients’ conditions as well as helping the medical staff to easily track the patients’ symptoms. Read more about the project in the press release from the university here.

You can also take a look at a variety of other robotics solutions for the coronavirus submitted on our engineering COVID-19 page here.

Coronavirus inspired innovations in sanitation and mask

Sanitation has become of a big concern in the overcrowded medical systems where coronavirus outbreaks are peaking. In many places, there is a serious deficit in medical supplies that is forcing doctors and nurses to reuse their surgical mask.

This presents a need for a device that can quickly and easily disinfect surgical mask with a 100% success rate. That is exactly what Prescientx, a company located in Ontario, Canada, has tried to create.

They have engineered a device that can disinfect N95 mask utilizing ultraviolet, or UV light. The device is situated overtop of the masks and a UV-C light is shone on the mask at different angles for differing amounts of time. That said, it doesn’t take very long to disinfect just one mask. In fact, the device, called the Terminator CoV, can disinfect up to 500 masks per hour. This can be life-changing for medical staff across the world as they battle the need for safe and clean protective gear.

The machine isn’t just specific to one kind of N95 mask, either. Thanks to the way that it is built, it works practically universally with a variety of mask types and sizes. The masks are driven through a reflective aluminum tunnel for disinfection. While in this tunnel the UV-C light is shone, being sure to hit the masks at all angles, as UV light rays cannot pass through the N95 grade mask material.

The speed of the conveyor on which the masks are taken through the disinfected tunnel and the height of that tunnel can be adjusted with ease, making the device practically universal. Take a look at a small demo of the device in the video below.

How you can get involved

It doesn’t take much to start getting involved in the engineering fight against the novel coronavirus. If you have a project that you’ve worked on or know of a project someone else worked on, submit it to COVID-19 engineering site so the rest of the world can learn about all of the advancements being made.

Source: Interesting Engineering

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After COVID-19 Lockdown Ends : Don’t Do These Things

Everyone is eagerly waiting for the lockdown to end and get back to their usual routine. Many of you may have already started making plans about what you will do once Lockdown is lifted. But make sure these things are not on the list.

Everyone is eagerly waiting for the lockdown to end and get back to their usual routine. Many of you may have already started making plans about what you will do once Lockdown is lifted. But make sure these things are not on the list.

people wearing masks at the time before lockdown started

India’s second phase of lockdown, which became effective from April 15, has entered the 6th day today. On the last day of the first 21-day lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of the movement restriction till May 3, considering the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country. While lockdown is crucial to contain the spread of the deadly virus, it has greatly affected the normal life of people. Some countries and even some states in India have started lockdown relaxation to a certain extent.

Meanwhile, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Sunday said that lifting of lockdown restrictions should be done in a phase process. Speaking at the Group of 20 (G20) Health Ministers virtual meeting from Geneva, the WHO chief stated that lifting lockdown restrictions for COVID-19 is not the end of the epidemic, it’s just the beginning of the next phase.  He said that it’s vital in this next phase that countries educate, engage and empower their people to prevent and respond rapidly to any resurgence, a news agency reported.

Things Not To Do When COVID-19 Lockdown Ends

People are getting restless as they remain stuck at home for days. Now everyone is eagerly waiting for the lockdown to end and get back to their usual routine. Many of you may have already started making plans about what you will do once restrictions are lifted. Parties, travel, shopping – these things could be in your to-do list. But hold on, it won’t be a good idea to rush on your plans. The novel coronavirus may have a long-term effect and the danger might be lurking somewhere unknown to us even after the cases subside. Considering the risk, we have compiled a list of things that you should not do when coronavirus quarantine or lockdown ends.

Don’t Throw A Party At Home Or Hit The Bars

We know you are excited to meet your friends and celebrate your friendship over drinks and delicious meals. But not so fast. Throwing a party at home or hitting the bars when they reopen means too many people in a room, which may give any lingering coronavirus on an asymptomatic host the opportunity to infect others. Remember COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus.

Don’t Stop Washing Your Hands

Continue to practice hand hygiene, because lockdown relaxation doesn’t necessarily mean that the novel coronavirus outbreak is over. Even after the pandemic ends and eventually a vaccine arrives, don’t break the good hand-washing habit that you’ve acquired during this time. This will help minimize your risk for acquiring many other illnesses in future.

Don’t Immediately Visit Senior Citizens after Lockdown Ends

Even when the quarantine ends, maintain physical distancing from the senior citizens and immunocompromised persons. They are the people who are most likely to develop complications if they do acquire COVID-19. So, keeping a healthy distance is still the best way to keep them safe.

Don’t Plan A Vacation Yet

It was the international movement of people that led to the COVID-19 outbreak turning into a pandemic through person-to-person transmission. If unfortunately, it reoccurs, you will end up finding yourself quarantined in a foreign land.

Don’t Throw Away Your Homemade Face Masks after Lockdown

We can’t say what lies in the future. If the coronavirus hits back or another deadly viral outbreak happens, you may need those homemade face masks.

Source: The HealthSite.com

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