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iFixit's Kyle Wiens posted an urgent request to help them Crowdsource Repair Information for Hospital Equipment (18 March 2020).
Ventilators are machines that mechanically breathe for patients who are too weak to breathe for themselves. With COVID-19, many patients develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The WHO clinical management guidance recommends oxygen, and when that doesn’t work, mechanical ventilation.

We are learning from China and Italy that these crucial ventilators are being heavily utilized—many ventilators are running non-stop. There’s even precedent for hospitals short on ventilators using hose splitters to share a machine between patients, as in the 2017 Vegas shooting. Due to heavy use and accelerated wear and tear, these lifesaving machines are breaking down.

Biomedical technicians (biomeds for short) are the repair experts at hospitals, and in many regions they are stretched thin. There are a wide variety of machines made by a number of different manufacturers at hospitals around the world, and there is no single resource for how to repair all of them. We don’t know how many machines will fail once hospitals are truly taxed. We don’t know which parts of those machines are most at risk.

Although this is a medical journal article, it actually explains in detail that a sneeze has the potential of 27ft/sec cloud of droplets. Forgive me but 3-6 feet won't protect your from someone not covering their sneeze, across the street. And atmospheric conditions like humidity, could suspend the cloud for minutes. So if coughing or sneezing, cover it. And the advent of hankerchiefs is once again not a novelty. Perhaps if they made with antibacterial properties...
Oh and since droplets can be in the 3-10 microgram that N95 isn't going to stop it.
Need something like a full face gas mask, which now isn't ideal nor cheap (or even attainable with supplier constraints).

Ric Ford

Although this is a medical journal article, it actually explains in detail that a sneeze has the potential of 27ft/sec cloud of droplets....
This is just what I was looking for, after discussing risks last night with a family member who's working in health care. It's critical information:
JAMA said:
Turbulent Gas Clouds and Respiratory Pathogen Emissions
Potential Implications for Reducing Transmission of COVID-19
And I immediately added it to our COVID-19 information and resources page:

Thank you!

Ric Ford

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