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Watch: Amid the the shortage of N95 masks, MIT invents a cheap, scalable “Face Sheild”

There is no other time that the adage “necessity is the mother of invention” applies better than the time we are living now. World desperately is need of N95 Masks and other medical kits for docters serving the highly transmittable COVID 19 Virus disease. Motivated by the the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) available to health care professionals, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology (MIT) created an affordable face sheild that doctors and nurses can quickly assemble by themselves. As the cases related to COVID 19 continue to surge in USA, MIT have created a request form for Verified health care providers, EMS, urgent care clinics, or other entities that require face shields.

Unlike any 3-d printed medical equipement, the MIT design can be put in production at a rapid pace and can be shipped in a portable box in large volumes. The shields are fabricated using die cutting, which enables us to produce these at rate of over 2.5 million per week. Additionally, they can be assembled in less than one minute per shield, on-site, by aides or other staff, and then staged at locations for pick up within hospitals.  Nurses and physicians may also assemble them in real-time if needed. According to the News release by MIT, The single piece face shield design will be made using a process known as die cutting. Machines will cut the design from thousands of flat sheets per hour.

The shortage of PPEs and other medical kits is real in India. We have seen articles coming out that show pictures of Doctors in India and Pakistan wear bin bags and raincoats to protect against Covid-19. Taking a cue from this, lets hope some Indian manufacturers come up a production process similarly to address growing Indian needs for N95 Masks.

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