The device provides patients with the right levels of oxygen required in their situation. The device provides patients with the right levels of oxygen required in their situation. The device provides patients with the right levels of oxygen required in their situation. (Photo: Courtesy SodaStream)

Israeli-made seltzer device may alleviate COVID symptoms

SodaStream partners with Hadassah Hospital on breakthrough breathing solution.

There's a device on your kitchen counter which may help people suffering from COVID-19. And it has to do with seltzer.

SodaStream, whose machines allow people to make their own carbonated beverages at home, has figured out a way to use their devices to help patients during the global pandemic. Their unique solution will allow those suffering respiratory issues related to the coronavirus breathe easier. Their new device, called the Stream02, is aimed at patients suffering from mild to moderate breathing issues. This would enable them to avoid a much more invasive ventilator, which are already in short supply – and needed for the more severe cases.

Israel-based SodaStream has teamed up with Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem for a clinical trial involving 40 patients. The Israeli Ministry of Health granted swift approval for the test.

"We realized that there was an acute shortage of non-invasive respiratory aids to treat COVID-19 patients, and after recognizing that there was a desire from the industry to help in dealing with this crisis, we tried to think outside the box," explained Dr. Akiva Nachshon of Hadassah Hospital. "We learned based on a friend's advice that the solution is right here in the Israeli industry, under our nose, in every kitchen."

The Hadassah Medical Center has more than 3,000 people on their medical teams – including dozens of clowns. Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem has been at the forefront of fighting the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo: Benyamin Cohen)

Dr. Nachshon, who works in Hadassah's Intensive Care Unit, had a conversation with the SodaStream R&D department. "It was enough to get things going," he said. "On the same day, we already sat on a sketch, and from that point the project progressed incredibly fast. Our vision is to be able to assist every patient in need of respiratory assistance as this treatment can prevent unnecessary invasive interventions."

SodaStream, which was acquired by Pepsico in 2018, has branched out from its core machine before. They have devices that allow you to make beer at home and even made international headlines for a device that would turn one drop of water into 500 drops (although the latter turned out to be an elaborate April Fool's Day prank starring Paris Hilton). The company is now using their carbonation process for something a little more serious.

"The nasal breathing therapy machine developed by the joint team of doctors from Hadassah and SodaStream engineers can be a perfect life-saving solution" explained Avi Cohen, Head of Research and Development at SodaStream. "The advantage of our development is the ability to replicate it in bulk for patients suffering from respiratory distress in Israel and around the world".

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