How many lives can we save if we work together sharing knowledge, efforts, and resources?
It is easy to say, millions of lives can be saved if we work on solutions to mitigate the propagation of COVID-19.
Recently the Santos Dumont Institute started to fight against the spread of the Coronavirus in two of its units in Macaiba/RN, Brazil:
1 – Anita Garibaldi Education and Research Center provides emergency assistance for pregnant women and children with a known or suspected COVID-19 infection. If necessary, additional rooms can be used in the future.
2 – Edmond and Lily Safra International Neuroscience Institute provides face shields to prevent contamination of health care professionals, investigates low-cost mechanical ventilator system, breathing valves, and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
Medical face shields are scarce or not available for health professionals of public and private hospitals in Rio Grande do Norte state. However, there are companies selling them from 5 to 18 US$. In only four days, we made and donated 200 face shields, and we are producing 800 more – with a daily increase of demand coming from hospitals. We are just starting the fabrication of open source emergency ventilator, printing ventilator valves, and looking for alternative solutions for valve filters (if you have any suggestion about it, we are happy to know).
This work is voluntary, since we are practicing a social distancing. 3D printing filament and acetate for face shield are sold out or the delivery dates is unsuitable. Building mechanical ventilators is expensive, and now we need your collaboration.
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Every life matters. Help us to save as many as possible.
And, again, together we are stronger! We will overcome this COVID-19 pandemic moment and will be proud of our actions in the future.
PhD in Neuroscience and coordinator of the Neuroengineering postgraduation program at ISD