A&S Alumni Create Shields to Prevent Virus Spread
Updated: Aug 7, 2020
Two MU College of Arts and Science alumni are working to empower hospitals to make their own equipment during this time of need. Adam Beckett (BA '95), ER physician for University Hospital, saw a need for a device that could shield potential COVID-19 patients from spreading the virus to healthcare providers, while still allowing them to be intubated. For help, he enlisted his brother, fellow A&S grad Matt Beckett (BA '96), who set to work on an easy-to-replicate design using common materials. His prototype is built with PVC pipe and clear plastic wrap, and is being evaluated for use in hospitals across Boone County and other parts of the state. "Anybody can do these, it's easy to do," said Matt in an interview with the Columbia Missourian. He estimates each device taking about 45 minutes to assemble; the brothers have posted a Youtube tutorial online for those interested in helping with construction. "It’s not a perfect device by any means,” said Matt, but with limited time for doctors to prepare for what's coming, Matt and Adam plan to do what they can to help. Read the full article from the Columbia Missourian.