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Modified Full-Face Snorkel Mask as COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment: Quantitative Results

Version 1 : Received: 16 April 2020 / Approved: 17 April 2020 / Online: 17 April 2020 (02:23:48 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 29 April 2020 / Approved: 30 April 2020 / Online: 30 April 2020 (05:25:10 CEST)
Version 3 : Received: 9 July 2020 / Approved: 11 July 2020 / Online: 11 July 2020 (04:16:17 CEST)

How to cite: Nicholson, K.; Henke-Adams, A.; Henke, D.M.; Kravitz, A.V.; Gay, H.A. Modified Full-Face Snorkel Mask as COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment: Quantitative Results. Preprints 2020, 2020040293 Nicholson, K.; Henke-Adams, A.; Henke, D.M.; Kravitz, A.V.; Gay, H.A. Modified Full-Face Snorkel Mask as COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment: Quantitative Results. Preprints 2020, 2020040293

Abstract

The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) [1]. COVID-19 is currently the leading cause of death in the United States[2]. Health care providers caring for COVID-19 patients or at high risk of being exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus benefit from a face shield to protect against aerosol droplets that could hit the face and minimize the chance of inadvertently touching the face with contaminated hands, and air filtration to filter out aerosolized SARS-CoV-2. Adapting commercially available full-faced snorkel masks has been proposed as an alternative to narrow the gap in PPE [3]. Here we explore a full-faced snorkel mask with commercially available particulate filters.

Subject Areas

COVID-19; mask; respirator; coronavirus; 3D Printing; N95; personal protective equipment (PPE)

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