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Infrared Device Helps Monitor COVID-19 Patients’ Breathing Therapy

In severe cases of COVID-19, the virus causes respiratory distress, making it difficult for patients to breathe. Pulmonary therapy, such as deep breathing exercises, can help prevent severe respiratory complications, according to the American Lung Association. The Advanced Internet Technologies in the Interests of Society Laboratory—a research lab at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif., has developed InSee, an auxiliary device that attaches to an incentive spirometer.

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NHS finds VR training boosts coronavirus frontline worker performance

Virtual reality showed great potential for medical training well before the coronavirus pandemic, letting surgeons practice on digital patients while students experimented in virtual labs. As hospitals across the world rushed nurses and doctors into the fight against COVID-19, the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) invited VR training company Virti to join its innovation accelerator program...

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DIY Ventilators for COVID-19 Could Be a Vital Stopgap

COVID-19 patients can find it difficult to breathe as the virus infects the upper or lower parts of their respiratory tract. Severe cases result in edema—a build-up of fluid—and gas exchange failure in the alveoli, the small air-containing spaces in the lungs that exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide molecules with the bloodstream.

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