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COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a shortage of personal protective equipment
(PPE) . COVID-19 is currently the leading cause of death in the United
States. 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 (as Ocean Reef did here) have been proposed as an alternative to narrow the gap in PPE, to provide a combination face shield and filtration system. In this project we quantify the air filtration quality achieved with a full-faced snorkel mask, using a 3D printed adapter to attach commercially available 3M P100 particulate filters to an Ocean Reef snorkel mash provide air filtration.
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