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Schoolboy, 15, turns the bedroom into a PPE factory

A 15-year-old schoolboy has turned his bedroom into a factory by turning out visors for frontline staff in the fight against coronavirus.

Harry Cooper of Middlesborough is making them on a 3D printer he received for Christmas and distributing safety equipment for free.

Harry raised funds for the materials he needs with a funding page so he can continue to produce the desperately needed PPE.

It has already received over 100 orders from key operators such as healthcare workers, community workers, dentists and shop assistants.

Harry Cooper (pictured) of Middlesborough is making them on a 3D printer he received for Christmas and distributing safety equipment for free

Harry said, ‘I have printers and I used them to create the bands around your head. I love doing things and I like a challenge, so it was a breeze to help key workers at the same time.

‘We have around 100 people targeting community caregivers and nursing homes. I just wanted to do my part. ‘

His mother Donna, 46, an elementary school teacher from Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, said: ‘He was like a dog with a bone when he realized he could help with the shortage of protective gear.

Harry (pictured with one of the visors he made) raised funds for the materials he needs with a funding page so he can continue to produce the desperately needed PPE

Harry models one of the visors

Harry (pictured with one of the visors he made) raised funds for the materials he needs with a funding page so he can continue to produce the desperately needed PPE

“He did his research and when he realized he could create visors for people, he jumped on it.”

Harry plans to produce three visors every 39 minutes with the use of three printers, one donated by an expert.

Harry will have his carpenter father Nigel, 52, on hand to help with the packaging along with his brother Alfie, 12, and his sister Emily, 19.

Harry plans to produce three visors every 39 minutes with the use of three printers (pictured), one which has been donated by an expert

Harry plans to produce three visors every 39 minutes with the use of three printers (pictured), one which has been donated by an expert

Donna added: ‘We are just waiting for the materials to arrive and then they will be producing them non-stop.

‘Nigel and I have agreed to help them deliver them to anyone who needs them locally, so soon they will all be on hand on the bridge. We just want to help in any way we can, so that’s our contribution. “

Paperboy Harry has also written a ticket for each of his customers to say he will buy their essential items if they need them.

“He’s a good boy,” added Donna. “We are immensely proud of him and will do everything we can to support him.”

Harry will have his carpenter father Nigel, 52, on hand to help with the packing with his withered brother Alfie, 12 and sister Emily, 19. In the photo: part of the visors

Harry will have his carpenter father Nigel, 52, on hand to help with the packing with his withered brother Alfie, 12 and sister Emily, 19. In the photo: part of the visors

Public Health England states that any physician working in a hospital, primary care or community care center within two meters of a suspected or confirmed patient with a coronavirus COVID-19 should wear an apron, gloves, surgical mask, and protection for the eyes.

Eye and face protection provides protection against eye contamination from respiratory droplets.

Government advice states that this can be accomplished by using a surgical mask with an integrated visor, a full face shield or visor, polycarbonate safety glasses or equivalent.

His mother Donna, 46 (pictured), an elementary school teacher from Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, said: “He was like a dog with a bone when he realized he could help with the shortage of protective gear. “

Their guide adds that regular corrective glasses are not considered adequate eye protection.

Just like the mouth and nose, the eye contains a mucous membrane, through which the virus has a passage to the rest of the body.

The virus is more likely to enter through these membranes after people touch an infected surface before touching their face.

Paperboy Harry (pictured) also wrote a note to each of his clients to say he will purchase their essentials if they need it

Paperboy Harry (pictured) also wrote a note to each of his clients to say he will purchase their essentials if they need it

Harry isn’t the only one who created visors to help health workers.

Daniel Mooney, 32, who works for a computer game company in Dublin, has also used his 3D printer to make visors.

His team of five volunteers can print around 75 protective visors every day, he told the Irish Times.

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