Dyson is developing a ventilator for critical coronavirus patients, officially known as COVID-19.
It is the youngest company to lead the fight against the virus. To date, 465,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide and more than 21,000 deaths have been registered.
Because of the nature of its business, Dyson, like other technology companies, is well positioned to help in a global crisis in which medical devices are needed in large quantities and in the short term to save lives.
The UK-based manufacturer of vacuum cleaners and other household appliances announced on Wednesday that it had already received an order from the British government for 10,000 of the ventilators, according to a BBC report. Dyson said the ventilator was developed from scratch and hundreds of engineers are working on the project. The machine is made in the UK.
A ventilator delivers oxygen to the lungs while removing carbon dioxide. This makes it a vital device because the virus can affect some patients' ability to breathe normally. However, a global surge in severe COVID-19 cases has put tremendous pressure on ventilator supply and has prompted a growing number of companies to offer help.
With the UK anticipating an increase in coronavirus cases at all times, Dyson aims to get thousands of ventilators off the production line within a few weeks.
In a statement, the company said it had partnered with The Technology Partnership – a UK-based medical company – to develop a "meaningful and timely response" to the pandemic, and described the company as a "highly complex project in one." extremely challenging phase is carried out time frame. "
Similarly, telecommunications giant SoftBank donated 1.4 million protective face masks to critical services in New York State on Wednesday, which is currently the most affected location in the U.S. with more than 25,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 200 deaths. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who requested 30,000 additional fans for the state earlier this week, thanked SoftBank for his contribution.
NEW: @SoftBank donated 1.4 million urgently needed N-95 masks to us.
New York State thanks you.
We are so grateful for this PPE that protects our healthcare workers.
– Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo), March 25, 2020
Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Tesla, Apple, and Facebook, as well as other technology companies, are also keen to help fight the virus. There is clearly a significant path to COVID-19. So expect more companies in the industry to offer help in the coming days and weeks.
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