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Take an up-close look at Ford's coronavirus-fighting respirator

Here's what this life-saving device looks like and how it goes together.

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Craig Cole
Craig brought 15 years of automotive journalism experience to the Cars team. A lifelong resident of Michigan, he's as happy with a wrench or welding gun in hand as he is in front of the camera or behind a keyboard. When not hosting videos or cranking out features and reviews, he's probably out in the garage working on one of his project cars. He's fully restored a 1936 Ford V8 sedan and then turned to resurrecting another flathead-powered relic, a '51 Ford Crestliner. Craig has been a proud member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).
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Ford is building powered air-purifying respirators, PAPRs for short, to help keep medical professionals and first responders safe during the coronavirus crisis.  

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Here are the basic components of this life-saving system.

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Ford's PAPR is light and easy to wear.

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This is the hood, which fits snugly around the wearer's head.

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The main body of the respirator contains a blower fan, a battery pack, circuity and the all-important HEPA filter.

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A hose easily connects to the PAPR's main body and to the hood.

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This part is intended to be worn like a backpack.

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Overall, it feels like Ford's PAPR weighs around five pounds. 

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It is a little bulky, but this shouldn't be an issue. 

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That hose connects firmly to the hood so there's no chance of it inadvertently pulling out.

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Ford sent Roadshow a demonstration unit to test. This means nobody at a hospital or elsewhere is going without a respirator because we evaluated this one.

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To see more photos of Ford's PAPR, keep clicking through this gallery.

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