The novel coronavirus has affected more than 15 lakh people all over the world. None of the countries predicted this pandemic, so most of them weren’t prepared. Day-by-day each hospital in every corner of the world is running out the supplies like protective equipment (PPE), masks and hospital beds. Hospitals and healthcare workers are in urgent need of many types of equipment, masks and work clothes. In this time of despair, many large companies have come forward to play their part to fight the novel coronavirus. These companies are helping healthcare workers and supporting their efforts by turning their production lines to manufacture emergency supplies.
Gap Inc is hoping to use its capacity to produce fabric masks and protective gear for hospitals. This will certainly help the doctors to safely treat patients. The Crocs are widely worn by physicians and healthcare workers since they are easy to clean and comfortable. So Crocs have been distributing free crocs daily to healthcare workers during their campaign “Sharing a pair for healthcare.”
The clothes worn by the healthcare workers aren’t sterile enough to be worn in an operating room on a regular basis. It is important to wash those non-surgical scrubs every day. It is compulsory for healthcare workers to wear safe and clean scrubs every day at work. In this condition, the doctors and staff can quickly run out of clothes. FIGS decided to help by donating 30,000 sets of scrubs to healthcare workers. They also have been working with the government officials to send those clothes to the locations with the most critical needs. FIGS will also donate medical gowns, PPE and mask in upcoming weeks after the production is completed.
One of the most terrible shortcomings during this pandemic is the lack of respirators. These machines are critically important for sustaining a patient’s breathing when COVID-19 shuts down the lungs. Medtronic decides to tackle this situation, by publicly sharing the design of its Puritan BennettTM 560 ventilator, officially distributed in 35 countries worldwide. They openly provided the specifications, software code and other details so that others can replicate and produce it to start filling the shortage of ventilators.
If many more companies like these come forward and play their part in helping healthcare workers, the healthcare system can easily fight the novel coronavirus.