Boston architect Eric Höweler and a team from Harvard's Graduate School of Design have helped local doctors develop patient isolation hoods, a new type of device that could save the lives of healthcare workers and "impact things worldwide" in the fight against coronavirus.
Made from a single sheet of folded plastic, the patient isolation hood has been developed from a standing start in just nine days and will be trialled at Massachusetts General Hospital from Tuesday.
The transparent, dome-like patient isolation hood (PIH) fits over a patient's head and shoulders, protecting hospital staff from virions, or virus particles, that are breathed or coughed out by people with coronavirus.