- The discomfort in wearing the hazmat suits is a common issue among frontliners
- A news director shared his DIY cooling system that significantly reduces the heat inside the suits
- By using an ice pack, kikay kit and sling, the cooling system can be made in less than a minute
PPEs are essential in protecting our frontliners against COVID. Especially the suits, it covers their bodies to prevent the infected water droplets from reaching their skin.
However, these suits are uncomfortable to wear due to their impermeable characteristics. Because it is waterproof, it also means that ventilation is very poor.
On social media, a clip circulated online showing sweat dripping off the sleeves of a health worker. If that’s the case, we can only imagine the sacrifice our frontliners have to go through during an 8-hour shift — sometimes more.
But Michael Fajatin, a news director of UNTV, shared on Facebook his DIY cooling system which frontliners can use under their suits. The device consists of an ice pack placed inside a kikay kit and attached to a sling. It is hung on the neck like an ID. The cooling effect of the ice pack relieves your body from overheating inside the PPE.
You may opt for two ice packs and two mini-bags so that you can have one ice pack at the front and another at the back. If a kikay kit is not available, you may use surgical gloves to hold the ice pack.
His viewers think this is an ingenious idea.
“Pare, that can also be used by the
polic e or army who are wearing thick long sleeves and are manning the checkpoints.”
“ Good! Much will be reduced in the heat.”
Hopefully, this idea will have our frontliners’ attention. An improvement related to the comfortability of wearing it would mean so much to them. With coronavirus still highly present in our midst, it may take some time before we could do away with the wearing of this protective equipment.
To watch his video tutorial on how to make it, just click the image below.