There are currently 464,683 CoronaVirus cases worldwide, and above 20,000 deaths. These are desperate times, many hospitals all around the world are lacking ventilators because cases are increasing really quickly.
About 40,000 cases are appearing daily worldwide. After China and Italy, the USA is suffering the most with over 64,500 total cases till now and above 9000 deaths. New York City is the epicenter of the USA pandemic.
Due to the sudden increase of cases and shortage of ventilators, MIT Engineers have launched a project to launch a low-cost open-source Arduino based ventilator that will be beneficial for the COVID-19 patients. These desperate measures were really necessary since the virus directly affects your lungs and a ventilator is important for covid-19 patients having serious respiratory problems.
Open-Source Arduino based Ventilator
It is believed that this open-source Arduino based Ventilator is going to save lives. Existing manufacturers of normal ventilators are trying to speed up the process and production, but the amount of cases is increasing really quickly, so the production can not keep up with cases.
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MIT researchers hope to publish open-source designs for a low-cost respirator that could potentially help COVID-19 patients struggling with critical respiratory problems. https://t.co/CbV44gCxxn— MIT Technology Review (@techreview) March 25, 2020
Arduino Team came up with a low-cost open-source Arduino based ventilator
According to Arduino Team :
The project is not currently approved for medical use, but it is a good initiative, and it can be improved.
There is also an already programmed and designed project of Johnny Lee on Github. Click here to visit.
In response to #COVID19 and the potential ventilator shortage, I've been lucky enough to work with some fantastic minds. We are developing an open-source, easy to build emergency ventilator. Please share and donate if you can! https://t.co/XZY8Y8kO7z— Aaron Hannon (@AaronDHannon) March 18, 2020
There is not much on it yet, is it safe or not? After MIT engineers make sure that it is safe for COVID-19 patients, then it will be approved for medical use.
The expected cost of open-source Arduino based ventilator is 100$, which is quite cheap as compared to a normal ventilator.
I am working with @OSVentilator from Ireland, an open-source ventilator project that aims to automate the use of bag valve masks (comonly known as Ambu-bags) if/when the available ICU ventilators become short supply. You can join the cause at https://t.co/OnJCPgeX50 #COVIDCanada pic.twitter.com/RMI07v6fNa— Andrew Finkle (@F_I_N_K) March 18, 2020
Masab Farooque is a Tech Geek, Writer, and Founder at The Panther Tech. He is also a lead game developer at 10StaticStudios.
When he is not writing, he is mostly playing video games