Decathlon is one of the greatest in the sporting goods industry. 82’000 employees worldwide selling a range of 35’000 articles. However, the French company is suffering brutally under the corona of a crisis. The stores are tight. Sports articles are not in demand in times of Corona.

Now Decathlon is responsive and helps the hospitals, which complain about the lack of respirator masks for your Corona-patients. 30’000 diving masks given away in the sporting goods dealer, such as the TV channel France 2 reported. Several hospitals in Italy, Belgium and France have tested whether they are suitable, Ill supply it with oxygen.

Special pressure valve

As of mid-March in Bergamo (I) in the case of some of the ventilators, the valves no longer worked, and jumped on the 3D printing specialized company ISIN Nova. They delivered within a short time the important parts. The Italian engineers came up with the idea that you could equip so that divers masks.

it works like This: The connection for the snorkel is removed and a yellow part from the 3D printer replaced. This is also a connection. Thus, on the one hand, with a hose of oxygen is supplied. On the other hand, it is possible to have a valve that takes the pressure balance in the lung “”.

not confirmed at this time have Yet to be scientifically

With the diving masks, the cost is 20 euros, and the Italian intermediate piece can quickly and cheaply be a ventilator manufactured. A Patent is already pending. A state certification is not yet available. Scientific Tests were still not carried out. From the hospitals only positive feedback but.


The Coronavirus currently holds the world in suspense. Many countries are taking measures such as Closing schools or limiting public events, to prevent the spread. In Switzerland, too, the grass, the Virus magnetized. All of the current information and Figures around the topic there is in the Coronavirus-Ticker.