Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus: Mercedes helps develop breathing aid as F1 teams join ventilators effort

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Clinicians and mechanical engineers from University College London (UCL) worked with Mercedes to create the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, which has been approved by the NHS.

The potentially life-saving technology has already been used in China, where coronavirus first emerged in December, and also in hospitals in Italy — the epicentre of the pandemic in Europe. The device helps COVID-19 patients with serious lung infections caused by the disease — such as pneumonia — to breathe more easily, when oxygen alone does not prove sufficient.

Formula One teams are among the British firms joining forces to provide UK hospitals with vital equipment for COVID-19 patients.

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