Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus. The virus, officially named SARS-CoV-2, is a severe acute respiratory disease that presents itself through flu and pneumonia-like symptoms as well as loss of taste and smell. Currently classified as a pandemic, the novel virus is estimated to be responsible for 51,633 deaths with over a million confirmed cases worldwide as of April 02, 2020. The United States of America, a late starter in terms of confirming cases, has now identified more cases than any other country worldwide, estimating at present over 213,000 cases and confirming an average of over 1,000 new cases daily.
Inventors Spring into Action
Immediately upon hearing about the onset of this pandemic, many inventors sprang into action. Engineers, scientists, and other inventors have changed their focus from their traditional work to begin innovating in market sectors severely impacted by the pandemic. Most notably, inventions like the emergency ventilator, ventilator mask, virus-killing mask, and hands-free door handles were made largely by individual inventors working around the clock to bring these innovations to market in record time. Inventors are using advanced technology like 3D printers to make their inventions more accessible and to reduce production time and cost. Major companies are also getting their inventors involved in the trend. Companies that produce cosmetics and clothing like Louis Vuitton, Gap, Zara, and Givenchy are using their resources to create various consumer and medical products in place of their normally scheduled production plans. Louis Vuitton and Givenchy have committed to modifying their perfume manufacturing processes to create sanitizers instead of perfumes. They plan to give these sanitizers to hospitals in need at no cost. Gap and Zara have committed to dedicating some of their manufacturing plants to produce face masks, which have been in high demand all around the world. Automobile producers are playing their part as well, with Ford and GM preparing to gear up production of ventilators and ship them to hospitals in need.
Prevention and Treatment Inventions Become Essential
The rapid spread of the coronavirus has highlighted the importance of coronavirus-related innovations that focus on preventing the spread and treatment of the disease. Given that the disease is reported to live for nearly 3 hours airborne and can be spread via touch or the exchange of bodily fluids, addressing the fast-spreading nature of the virus through innovation is pivotal to medical, economic, and social recovery in the United States as well as around the world. While innovation in the bio-medical space is unarguably pivotal in stopping the spread of the virus, mechanical and technological innovations like those mentioned above are and will continue to be inextricably linked to the slowing and eventually ceasing the spread of the virus.
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