Covid-19: Formula 1 engineers make new coronavirus breathing aid in 4 days

Covid-19: Formula 1 engineers make new coronavirus breathing aid in 4 days

- Formula One engineers and academics have remade existing CPAP devices to help coronavirus patients

- With the devices, patients who are very frail to undergo ventilator procedure will have a chance at surviving

- Scientists believe that once the devices go through a clinical trial, it will be very effective in combating the pandemic

Engineers at Formula One and academics have used only four days to produce Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).

According to Daily Mail, the device makes air and oxygen flow into a mask to aid a patient’s lungs. It will be serving as an alternative for people who are too weak to use ventilators.

Though it is yet to complete its clinical trial, it has been backed for use by the MHRA safety agency. The trial should be finalized in a week.

The technique to help weak patients breathe has been used in Italy where there are not many ventilators.

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The devices when publicly available would decrease the workload of UK hospitals. Photo source: Daily Mail

The devices when publicly available would decrease the workload of UK hospitals. Photo source: Daily Mail
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To create the device, the engineers had to remodel an existing CPAP machine used to treat sleep apnea which has lost its patent.

With a combined effort, they were able to produce 300 of the device in a day and is believed that production could scale up to 1,000 a day.

Professor Mervyn Singer said that since the devices are still not enough, they would only be used to treat patients that are really ill.

He also said that he hopes the machine will make a very huge difference in hospitals in the UK where healthcare is presently under intense pressure from the outbreak.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a well-known Nigerian academic, Ndubuisi Ekekwe, spoke about the need for African billionaires and mega churches to rise up to fight coronavirus on the continent.

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The Nigerian voiced his opinion as he praised Tony Elumelu of UBA for donating the huge sum of $14 million (N5,138,000,000) to help combat the pandemic.

Ndubuisi, therefore, said that if anyone has money, “now is the time” to show it to their national community as the world struggles against the unprecedented virus.

He asked the affluent among the people to “touch us with your money and resources”, as he jokingly added that he will write and thank them as teachers are wont to do.

In other news, the King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, is self-isolating with his harem of 20 concubines at a five-star hotel, Grand Hotel Sonnenbichi, in southern Germany.

He booked the whole hotel with permission from the local district authority. However, nobody knows if the king’s fourth wife is also in the hotel with him.

It was also gathered that 119 members of the royal entourage are believed to have contracted the virus.

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King Maha has a second home in Germany where he lives out most of his time and is thought not to have been in his home country since February.

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