HIVE is a research consortium that aims to build a new, and urgently required, evidence base on the effectiveness and suitability of different forms of respiratory protection for general population use during volcanic crises.
Volcanic ash inhalation can trigger respiratory disease and cause acute anxiety, leading to increased vulnerability during eruptions. Agencies distribute facemasks which, invariably, have poor facial seals and may inadequately filter fine-grained particles.
In the first study of its kind, we will determine the effectiveness of a range of masks; whether home-made interventions are as effective; and whether mask wearing has a measurable impact on respiratory health.
A new evidence base for respiratory Health Interventions in Volcanic Eruption crises (HIVE)
We are undertaking research into the effectiveness of a range of respiratory protection worn by communities during volcanic eruptions.