What is it about?

The coronavirus disease pandemic has raised concerns regarding the transmission of infections to healthcare workers. We developed a new protective device to reduce the risk of aerosol diffusion and droplet infection among healthcare workers. In this study, we report the results of a theoretical evaluation of the efficacy of this device.

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Many studies have shown that the virus can be detected in the air after infected patients cough, sneeze, or exhale in indoor environments, therefore, the risk of infection to healthcare workers is high. In particular, aerosol-generating treatment procedures are thought to increase the risk of infection to healthcare workers. The risk of infection by such aerosols and droplets is not limited to otorhinolaryngology but is also a concern in other fields, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for infection prevention is becoming increasingly important for healthcare workers.

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This page is a summary of: Development of protective equipment for endoscopic treatment and surgery in otorhinolaryngology, PLoS ONE, June 2022, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0268974.
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