WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A West Virginia engineer was able to make face shields by printing via 3D, says it’s for health workers’ use.
- The engineer encourages the 3D printing community and others to contribute in their little way in fighting the coronavirus crisis.
- Experts warn many health workers will be infected with COVID-19 because many of them don’t have the proper personal protective equipment.
A West Virginia-based engineer uses his ingenuity skills to produce face shields to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Within the last few weeks, Jeff Smith has been working round the clock to create protective face shields using his 3D Printer. He then donates the finished product to medical workers in his community.
In an interview with People, Jeff said that the medical personnel lacks equipment in their fight against the coronavirus and he decided to help by making a suitable face shield.
The engineer, who was employed as a project manager for an engineering company, said he had 3D printers over the years, and he utilized one to produce plastic face shields that can provide protection to health workers.
Smith further explained that his design could protect the worker from droplets or airborne particles and potentially harmful bacteria. He added that his product is disposable, flexible, thin, and lightweight.
While the material is scarce, Smith was able to yield around two hundred face shields, and everything he produced was donated to responders, police officers, and local hospitals.
Smith also saw a response from the 3D printing community to contribute to the fight against the health crisis by creating useful items, noting that he mainly made the best with what he has.
The engineer was also amazed and enthused by the positive reactions he received with his donations but also remarked that he was surprised by the number of front-liners who need the face shields since many of them don’t have it yet.
Oregon Health & Science University physician, Dr. Esther Choo, warns that without the necessary personal protective equipment, there will be a high casualty rate among health care workers.
Smith also urged other people, people, to help out in whichever way they can, with or without 3D printers, and it’s vital to start as soon as possible, noting that the point of flattening the curve will be closer if many individuals will contribute.
Currently, there are no less than 345 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in West Virginia, and according to the news outlet, 4 people have already died because of the illness.
Meanwhile, the New York Times estimates that 357,036 people have been tested positive with coronavirus, with at least 10,522 casualties across the United States.
Source: Yahoo News