Development of a new aerosol barrier mask for mitigation of spread of SARS-CoV-2 and other infectious pathogens

Karam Abi Karam, Piyush Hota, S. Jimena Mora, Amelia Lowell, Kelly McKay, Xiaojun Xian, Bhavesh Patel, Erica Forzani

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused huge impact on public health and significantly changed our lifestyle. This is due to the fast airborne oro-nasal transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from the infected individuals. The generation of liquid aerosolized particles occurs when the COVID-19 patients speak, sing, cough, sneeze, or simply breathe. We have developed a novel aerosol barrier mask (ABM) to mitigate the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and other infectious pathogens. This Aerosol Barrier Mask is designed for preventing SARS-CoV-2 transmission while transporting patients within hospital facilities. This mask can constrain aerosol and droplet particles and trap them in a biofilter, while the patient is normally breathing and administrated with medical oxygen. The system can be characterized as an oxygen delivery and mitigation mask which has no unfiltered exhaled air dispersion. The mask helps to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, and potentially other infectious respiratory pathogens and protects everyone in general, especially healthcare professionals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106381
JournalRespiratory Medicine
Volume181
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • Aerosols
  • COVID-19
  • Droplets
  • Healthcare workers
  • Mask
  • Mitigation
  • Pandemic
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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