There’s a shortage of personal protective equipment for those on the front lines of the global COVID-19 pandemic, but Chris Wiles ’12 has created a solution that will help–and he has provided blueprints that have inspired countless others to do the same.
As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's eased the recommendations concerning N95s, the top-of-the-line respirators for protective face masks used by doctors and nurses treating COVID-19 patients, Wiles, who is in his first year of a four-year anesthesiology residency at the University of Connecticut, leveraged his passion for both medicine and engineering and designed an inexpensive alternative that not only can be produced with a 3D printer, but could be reusable for up to two weeks if the filter is changed regularly.
“With COVID-19 happening, I found a way to get involved earlier than I anticipated," Wiles shared with The Day, a Connecticut-based daily newspaper. “When the CDC recommends that if — and only if — you run out of N95s, you can use alternative, handmade devices, including bandanas and scarves. When I saw that, I said I can do better. I'm going to try to make a difference."