Covid-19: Wits University creating face masks for patients and doctors

Covid-19: Wits University creating face masks for patients and doctors

- Wits University is producing hundreds of face shields to assist in the battle against Covid-19

- The masks will assist patients with breathing in hospitals

- The Central University of Technology (CUT) in Bloemfontein is also coming to the party by providing respiratory support strategies for those who have contracted the disease

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The coronavirus pandemic has all hands on deck in the fight to curb the disease and also find a cure.

Students and engineers at Wits University have also come to the party in a big way by producing hundreds of face shields.

The masks aid healthcare workers, but the devices supplied also assist patients with breathing in hospitals.

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Briefly.co.za learnt that to date, the coronavirus has claimed the lives of 13 people in South Africa.

Wits has lofty ambitions of scaling up the project and has called on the public for donations.

Wits spokesperson, Shirona Patel said:

“This will assist in helping us to make the face shields that will keep the health care practitioners protected and to assist in breathing and assist devices helping patients to survive. The university is grateful for any contribution that anyone makes however large or small. This initiative aims to save lives of many people.”

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SABC News also reported that the Central University of Technology (CUT) is developing 3D print masks.

It is understood that the masks will ensure non-invasive ventilation.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the number of positive Covid-19 cases has risen to 1 749.

Police Minister Bheki Cele hasn't ruled out the possibility of the current 21-day national lockdown being extended.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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