14 Sep '11, 2am

It's easier to breathe now with Sars, H1N1 mask - TODAYonline

SINGAPORE - The mask made famous by the Sars and H1N1 outbreaks has been given a facelift. Four lecturers from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) have designed a mobile air purifying device that can be fitted to an N95 mask to improve air circulation. It is being tested at All Saints Home, a nursing home, and the inventors hope to market the device within a year. The N95 is designed to be tight and 95 per cent effective in preventing the spread of airborne germs. Healthcare workers use them when patients are suspected of having tuberculosis, certain strains of pneumonia or contagious respiratory diseases. But wearing it for long periods can be uncomfortable, which might affect the work of healthcare personnel. The new device designed by the NP lecturers, called MASK-AID, is aimed at improving air circulation within the mask. It features a nozzle and a silicon tube that supplies fre...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110914-0000414/It...

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