The safety of health-care workers is a critical concern amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but a device developed in Canada could reduce the risk for those working on the front lines.

Emergency physician Marc Curial saw a need for the device shortly after COVID-19 cases hit Edmonton in the spring. He was inserting a breathing tube in a patient’s trachea when he realized how “underprotected” he was.

He reached out to a longtime friend — mechanical engineer Chris Terriff — to brainstorm a solution. Five months later, their team’s MACH32 Aerosol Containment Tents are being distributed to hospitals across Canada.

Su-Ling Goh explains.

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