Engineers Offer DIY Solutions to Coronavirus Equipment Shortages

As U.S. hospitals face a shortage of personal protective equipment during the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, creatives and engineers across the nation have begun a DIY movement to help create back up surgical masks. Using communication tools such as Slack and utilizing individual's backgrounds and skill sets, the groups have successfully designed a supply chain for distributing their alternative face shields but also caution that they're not replacements for N95 respirators.

This is a rapid response story about a coping strategy. Due to the urgent crisis, we are relaxing the ‘evidence of effectiveness’ criterion for solutions coverage on COVID-19 to capture early stage, improvisational, and experimental responses that cope with the pandemic.

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