Reports coming out of Italy and other European countries regarding the status of the coronavirus have been quite bleak over the last few weeks. The Italian nation has already suffered over 5,000 deaths as of 22 March.
One of the reasons certain countries are being hit so hard by the virus is due to the lack of medical supplies and equipment, such as ventilators. To get around this problem, a group of over 300 engineers, designers, and tech founders have joined forces on Facebook where they have managed to created an open-source ventilator (OSV) alternative.
The OSV is an open source project, meaning members from around the globe were able to make various contributions, resulting in the OSV being created in just seven days. The goal behind the project was to create a device that can be produced using 3D printing and readily available materials.
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“It doesn’t matter where you are, it doesn’t matter what your skill set is, what time zone you’re in, if you can contribute in a group to these large scale projects, you can have very high-impact results in a very short amount of time,” said OSV co-founder Colin Keogh.
The device is expected to undergo testing by the Irish Health Services Executive (HSE). While testing and approval by the HSE will technically only validate it for use in Ireland, approval from an established body like HSE could pave the way for its usage in for nations around the world.