Facebook group forms to open-source development of COVID-19 medical hardware

A group has been formed on Facebook to help facilitate the open-source development of medical hardware (ventilators, filter masks, non-contact door openers, etc) to help fight the global coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s the statement on their page:

COVID19 is currently spreading exponentially, in a mostly unchecked fashion, throughout the world. Infection doubling rates are as high as 2-3 days. Under simplistic models, such unchecked growth means the disease infects most of the world in months. Current statistics indicate that 15-20% of people who get it require hospitalization for respiratory failure for multiple weeks, and often need intense healthcare from medical professionals who are at severe risk treating these highly infectious patients. If infections proceed at their current pace across the globe, we will not have enough supplies like ventilators, respirators, PPE, etc. to meet demand.

This group is being formed to evaluate, design, validate, and source the fabrication of open source emergency medical supplies around the world, given a variety of local supply conditions.

Here is an example of the sorts of projects being shared and discussed there. This is an Arduino-controlled ventilator that Johnny Lee has been experimenting on built off of a CPAP machine.

And this is a 3D printable device for opening door handles without touching them:

Here is the link if you have something to contribute and want to join.


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