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Navy, Virginia Tech, Carillon Health Team Up to Build Better Masks

Posted on Apr 17, 2020 06:46 pm

The Navy researchers, academics and health industry leaders who met at Virginia Tech recently had one goal: test modified protective gear that will make it easier for health care workers to treat COVID-19 patients.

The partnership among the Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposable Technology Division, Virginia Tech and Carillon Healthcare formed to upgrade the standard Stryker Flyte System, which has two pieces, a reusable helmet with a top mounted-fan, and a single-use face shield known as a toga.

Their modified concept adds one or more layers to the toga to make it as effective as an N-95 mask, the respirator recommended by the CDC. They tested it in a mock hospital setting and found that the fit “exceed[ed] the requirement for an N-95 by a factor of three,” according to a Navy news story.

“This command is finding unique ways to adapt our technology and resources to aid in the fight of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ashley Johnson, technical director of the Navy team involved. “I’m proud that we are continuing to think outside of the box in finding ways to support both the community and the fleet in this fight.”

Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Harding

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Post courtesy of the Association of Defense Communities

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