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Ultraviolet light for air treatment in geriatric care facilities and custom 3D printed designs to improve the efficiency of the face mask for health care workers are just some of the technologies tested

The federal government has announced $ 10 million for clinical trials of some coronavirus technologies that, if successful, can reduce the risk of infection for healthcare and elderly care workers
The use of ultraviolet light as an air treatment strategy in elderly care facilities and the testing of custom 3D printed interfaces to improve the effectiveness of face masks for health care workers are among the innovative projects being funded

“Each of these hugely promising Australian innovations have the potential to dramatically change the global fight against COVID-19, which will begin clinical trials in early 2021,” Health Secretary Greg Hunt said in a press release

“The clinical trials announced today, located in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, will provide high quality evidence that can be quickly translated for use in this pandemic and potentially future pandemics”

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Part of the funds will also be used for the mid-2021 study of “next generation” vaccines, which offer advantages over so-called “first generation” vaccines, for example that no ultra-cold storage like the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine is required is

The studies will not affect the first rollout of the first coronavirus vaccines, which is slated to begin in March

Associate Professor Anand Ganesan of Flinders University, who received nearly $ 1 million to fund a trial of the facility’s 3D printed face mask interface technology, said his research had addressed a real need and problem in the facility Healthcare deals

“Healthcare work is obscured at least 11 times more often than the rest of the community, and at least some of this excessive risk is due to the phasing out of currently available protective technology,” said Prof Ganesan told SBS News

He said that data from hospital fit tests of masks worn by health care workers showed that up to 20 or 30 percent of the standard P2 was leaked from N95 masks and different due to the unique bone structure Masks did not meet the required standard of faces

“We developed an interface that is between the mask and the person’s face, and we developed a 3D printed component that can be adjusted independently We have pilot data with which leaks can be avoided, ”said Prof Ganesan

Other government-funded research from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute will investigate whether a strategy to use germicidal ultraviolet light to sterilize the air in elderly care facilities can reduce the transmission of the infection

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 meters away from others Check your jurisdiction’s restrictions on collecting limits If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and schedule a test by calling or having your doctor Contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline at 1800 020 080. News and information are available in 63 languages ​​at sbscomau / coronavirus

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