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How innovation is helping ease a dangerous ventilator shortage 

Masks, and other much needed medical equipment, are in short supply all across the world. Image: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu - RC29SF9EMQ4W

Kate Whiting

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Decathlon’s Easybreath Snorkelling mask is proving to be a lifesaver. Image: Decathlon
A patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) wears a full-face Easybreath snorkelling mask given by sport chain Decathlon and turned into a ventilator for coronavirus treatment at the intensive care unit at Ambroise Pare clinic in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris, as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues in France, April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC2PVF9G7LP2
The modified Decathlon Easybreath snorkelling mask is being used to treat hundreds of coronavirus patients. Image: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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