Personal Protection Equipment for Health workers to protect against COVID19

Personal Protective Equipment, generally referred as PPE are Specialized clothing or equipment worn by employees for protection against health and safety hazards. Personal protective equipment is designed to protect many parts of the body, i.e., eyes, head, face, hands, feet, and ears.

PPE includes gloves, medical masks, goggles or a face shield, and gowns, as well as for specific procedures, respirators (i.e. N95 or FFP2 standard or
equivalent) and aprons.

As Novel Corona virus or COVID19 can be transmitted to healthcare workers while attending to the patients, who might not have any visible symptoms, it is important to protect the health workers from infection.

World Health Organization says that –

Based on the available evidence, the COVID-19 virus is
transmitted between people through close contact and
droplets, not by airborne transmission. The people most at
risk of infection are those who are in close contact with a
COVID-19 patient or who care for COVID-19 patients.

However, COVID-19 virus can also be transmitted by air in closed environment, with likelihood to be more dangerous in air conditioned spaces.
A virus transmission research from Japan says micro-droplets that linger in the air after a cough, sneeze or during conversation may carry the virus. Researchers said that their experiments showed that tiny droplets, known as microdroplets that can carry viruses, are emitted when breathing heavily or speaking loudly. Please see more about same here.

Source: India Today TV

Every Health worker has a different requirement of PPE.
PPE should be used based on the risk of exposure (e.g. type of activity) and the transmission dynamics of the pathogen (e.g. contact, droplet or aerosol).

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has issued a video for same for different types of health workers.

Rational use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
for corona virus disease (COVID-19) as defined by World Health Organization (WHO) are documented here.

Some of our SmartEdge Members are developing 3D printed PPE, some have developed N95 masks and some are aiding creation of low cost Face shields.

Please write to us at if you would like to know more or buy some.

SmartEdge is the Knowledge partner of WIEHACK2

Hackathon for Women

The 21st century has brought a new hope and has empowered women in a positive manner. The role of today’s world has changed significantly for better for now they have attained success in sports, politics or technology and what not.

BVPIEEE-WIE in collaboration with IAS and CS at top of the concerns made some improvisations for all the technophilic women coders out there. It’s now organizing India’s largest all women online 36 hours hackathon WIE-Hack 2.0.

The key themes of the event are:

  • Women Safety
  • Healthcare
  • Fintech
  • Smart Cities
  • AI
  • Blockchain
  • AR/VR

Prizes worth 15 lakhs + and lots if swags💵💰

Last date to register is 6th April 2020 So hurry🏃🏻‍♀
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Date : 8th-9th April, 2020

Jury Panel members from SmartEdge

Jury Panel – Dolly Bhasin, Founder SmartEdge

Resources of Corona Virus

Public Datasets for Research & Innovation on Coronavirus

  1. COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) – 29,000 articles on Coronavirus for text mining:
  2. COVID-19 Epidemiological Data Repository by Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science & Engineering (JHU CCSE):
  3. European Center for Disease Control & Prevention (ECDC) – COVID-19 Epidemiological Data:
  4. U.S. Hospital Capacity Estimates (Harvard Global Health Institute):
  5. U.S. State COVID-19 Testing Data:
  6. Italy COVID-19 Data:
  7. WHO COVID-19 Data – Cases & Deaths in China (by province) and other countries:
  8. ACAPS COVID-19: Government Measures Dataset:
  9. World Bank Indicators (population health & healthcare systems) relevant to COVID-19:
  10. GeneBank COVID-19 Genetic Sequences:
  11. Next Strain – COVID-19 Genomics Database:
  12. API of Scrapped Data from MoHFW: Click here
  13. List of Labs and Testing Centres by ICMR (refer data attached in PDF. The site is down, the files are updated till 21st March 2020): Click here
  14. COVID 19 Network: Click here
  15. Code available at: Click here
  16. Health Related Dataset APIs available on OGD Platform: Click here

Source: Startup India Website