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Open Source Ventilator Projects: Status and Challenges


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low-cost Powered Air Purifying Respirator with filter adapter and mask

Building a low-cost Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) with filter adapter and mask that protects a caregiver may save more lives than a mediocre ventilator for one patient.

Credit: Github

At this moment, thousands of intelligent, diligent, well-meaning engineers are trying to help the design of open source ventilators to address a possibly imminent life-threatening shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This wealth of creative technical energy is currently disorganized, scattered, and unfocused.

Right now there are four projects better defined than others:

The situation may change quickly, but right now these four projects are the only projects that are even minimally actionable.

A list of COVID-19 ventilator projects, both open and closed, and resources are available at www.endcoronavirus.org/.

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