The European Organization for Nuclear Research designs low-cost respirators for patients with COVID-19

Physicists at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) are working on a simple respirator for people with mild disease and those recovering from the infection. The battery-powered model should be ready for testing in hospitals in the next few weeks.

CERN is a research center located in the northwestern suburb of Geneva on the border of Switzerland and France. The most important tool at CERN is the Large Hadron Collider, the largest particle accelerator in the world.

"We want to use our resources and authority to contribute to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic," said Fabiola Gianotti, CEO of CERN.

CERN physicists and engineers are working on a respirator called HEV. Its advantage is its mobile nature and much greater accessibility from standard medical devices. 

The respirator is inexpensive in production and can be powered by batteries or solar panels. CERN already produces antibacterial gel and 3D printers there produce protective masks for doctors. Research is also underway to find out how the accelerator's enormous computing power can be used to work on a COVID-19 vaccine.

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