March 26, 2020 7 min read

COVID-19 and Building a Containment Room: How Maker Pipe Can Help

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread around the world, our family has become more aware of the importance of disease prevention and survival preparedness at home. 

While most states have taken action to prevent the spread of the disease, many people still need to leave their homes to go to work, risking potential exposure to the disease. 

High-risk people such as adults over 65, children under 5, and immunocompromised individuals must practice social distancing and disease containment at home to reduce the risk of contact. 

Temporary isolation barriers like a containment room can help to prevent the spread of airborne contaminants, especially if you have any at-risk family members in your home.  


Why Build a Containment Room?

Recent findings suggest the virus can remain active on hair and clothes for up to 9 days after exposure. This means that by simply being outside, you risk transmitting the virus to others in your home. The safest and most effective way to avoid bringing COVID-19 into your home is by using a DIY containment room. 

A containment room enables you to undress and bag your clothes, cover your hair, and change into uncontaminated clothes before entering your home. Once the potentially contaminated items have been contained, you can go straight to your laundry room to wash your clothes, and then take a long, hot shower to remove traces of the virus from your hair and body. 

A containment room can also be used for isolating family members who may have been exposed to the virus. 


How Maker Pipe Can Help Equip Healthcare Facilities

With more cases of the virus occurring every day, many healthcare facilities are already overloaded and running out of space to care for patients. To help ease the burden and prevent the spread of COVID-19 through hospitals and clinics, we are partnering with several medical companies to help build healthcare solutions. 

Some of the projects we are completing include temporary chairs and cots for treating patients, but one of the most effective ways to help reduce the impact of the virus is with temporary isolation rooms, which minimize the exposure of healthcare workers and at-risk patients to coronavirus. 


ICRA Requirements for a Containment Room

Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) is an integrated process that uses multiple methods for containing and reducing the spread of infection. It is typically used by engineers and architects when designing healthcare facilities and by hospitals to prevent infections spreading within the building. 

You can ensure your home or healthcare facility adheres to the ICRA infection control requirements by including these features in your temporary isolation anteroom


  • Physical barriers to infection 
    • Negative air pressure
    • A HEPA filter
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    Where to Build Your Containment Room?

    If you are building a containment room at home, the ideal place is in a backyard or on a patio to create an anteroom of the back entrance. However, depending on the available space you have, you can also build a filtered containment area on the inside of your home around the primary entryway. 

    For private and public healthcare facilities, an isolation anteroom built out the front of treatment rooms and labs allows healthcare workers to decontaminate upon exiting the room or apply protective gear such as gloves, gowns and respirator masks without being exposed to the virus.


    How to Build a DIY Containment Room

    At home, we decided to build a full containment room on the back porch to prevent the spread of infection. The structure is based on a simple box frame that is easy to put together. 

    This structure is also an ideal way for hospitals and clinics to create temporary individual containment rooms to isolate coronavirus patients from other immunocompromised patients in the facility.


    To build your DIY containment room, you will need:

    • 12 8-foot lengths ¾-inch EMT conduit
    • 4 4-foot lengths of ¾ -inch EMT conduit
    • 8 90-degree structural pipe connectors
    • 8 T-connectors
    • Rolls of 10 x 25-foot 4-mil plastic sheeting
    • Gorilla duct tape (we used this brand as our containment room was outdoors on the patio, so we need a weather-proof adhesive. But for indoors, premium gaffer tape is suitable.)
    • 2 disposable zippers
    • Negative pressure HEPA filter (this keeps the germs inside the room and purifies the air to stop them from spreading into your home).

    Instructions:

    1. To create the basic frame, begin by sliding two T-connectors along one of the 8-foot lengths of conduit, spacing them equal distances apart.
    2. Repeat with the remaining T-connectors and three more 8-foot lengths of conduit. You should have four 8-foot lengths of conduit with T-connectors.
    3. Connect two of these prepared 8-foot lengths with two 8-foot lengths using the hardware provided.
    4. Repeat with the other two prepared pieces of conduit and two more 8-foot lengths of conduit. 
    5. Place four 90-degree connectors at the end of the horizontal lengths of conduit and attach the remaining 8-foot lengths of conduit to create two flat frames.
    6. Connect the frames using the four 4-foot lengths of conduit, securing them to the 90-degree connectors. You should now have a reinforced rectangular box.
    7. Use the Gorilla tape to attach the plastic sheeting to the box frame.
    8. Cut two doorway-sized slits in the plastic at one of the narrow ends of the frame. Attach one disposable zipper to each of the slits to create an entry/exit.
    9. Position the negative pressure filter at the opposite end of the containment room and cut a small hole in the plastic to fit the fan. Tape around the fan to seal the room.

    How to Create an Indoor Containment Room

    While a free-standing containment room is an excellent option for outdoors, you can also section off a room in your home or a small space around your entryway by using Maker Pipe and EMT conduit to build a temporary indoor wallWe based the design on a dust containment room.

    While this may not offer the same protection as a containment unit, isolating yourself to remove potentially contaminated clothes can significantly reduce the risk of bringing COVID-19 into your home. This is also the ideal design for hospitals and clinics to create a temporary anteroom around entrances to treatment wards and labs.


    To build a temporary indoor wall, you will need:

    • 6 ceiling height lengths of EMT conduit
    • 4 3-foot lengths of EMT conduit
    • 2 6-foot lengths of EMT conduit
    • 8 90-degreestructural pipe fittings
    • 4 T-connectors
    • Roll of 10 x 25 4-mil plastic sheeting
    • Gorilla Tape
    • Professional-grade gaffer tape (to minimize damage to ceilings and floors)
    • 2 disposable zippers
    • A negative pressure HEPA filter

      Instructions:

      1. Begin by building an open-sided box frame. Slide two of the T-connectors onto each of the 6-foot lengths of conduit spaced equal distances apart.
      2. Connect the two 6-foot lengths with two of the ceiling height pieces of conduit using the hardware provided for the connectors.
      3. Add two 90-degree connectors to the ends of the 6-foot lengths and attach two more ceiling length pieces of conduit to form a flat frame.
      4. Attach the four 3-foot lengths of conduit horizontally to the frame, then add the remaining 90-degree connectors to the ends.
      5. Connect the last two ceiling length pieces of conduit to form the open-sided box.
      6. Cover the three vertical sides of the frame with plastic sheeting using the Gorilla tape to secure it. Cut two vertical slits in the plastic at the narrow end of the frame furthest away from the entryway to create a door and attach the disposable zippers.
      7. Position the frame around the entryway and seal the edges of the frame to the walls and ceiling using the professional-grade gaffer tape.
      8. Position the HEPA filter at the end of the frame closest to a window and cut a small hole to fit around the fan. Seal the edges of the plastic around the fan with gaffer tape.

      Flatten the Curve: Protect Yourself and Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 

      In addition to building a containment room, you can reduce the spread of infection with just a few simple COVID-19 prevention measures

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      Handwashing

      Washing your hands often is the single best way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Use soap and warm water and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (we sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice). Don’t forget to clean under your nails and down your wrists. 

      When you can’t get to a sink, use hand sanitizer after touching handrails, door handles, money, and other high-risk surfaces.


      Avoiding Hand-to-Hand Contact 

      COVID-19 is spread from person to person primarily through hand-to-hand contact. Rather than shaking hands when greeting someone, wave, bow, or use some other mutually agreed way to greet friends and family. 


      Don’t Touch Your Face

      One of the simplest methods for disease prevention is also one of the hardest to do. Your eyes, nose, ears, and mouth are all entry points for the virus, so you must avoid touching your face as much as possible.


      Isolate at Home

      Now is not the time to be socializing with friends. As much as possible, isolate yourself and your family at home, only leaving for essential supply runs and medical services. Use this time to reconnect with each other by doing some fun Maker Pipe projects together.


      Social Distancing

      If you need to leave your home to restock on groceries and supplies, or for other essential services, make sure to practice safe social distancing. Keep a minimum distance of two meters between yourself and the next person at the grocery store and avoid crowded places. You don’t need to wear a mask unless you are sick. Save vital medical supplies for the doctors and nurses who need them. 


      The Wrap Up

      You can help protect your family, yourself, work colleagues, and your patients from coronavirus by building a barrier to infection with a DIY containment room. Maker Pipe structural pipe connectors can help you construct a quick, easy, and safe isolation area for your home to ensure that everyone remains safe during this challenging time.

      A DIY containment room can be built in an afternoon and used at home, in a rural hospital, a clinic, or any other space where the spread of COVID-19 needs to be controlled.

      Contact us at (843) 245-9747 to find out about our range of structural pipe connectors and how our products can help you easily and quickly transform your space for a healthier environment. 


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