If many technologies related to information and communication were developed in times of war or conflict, or at least improved - it should be remembered that we owe the internet to the Cold War and X-rays to the First World War - this tragic health crisis has allowed giving a boost to the development of innovative solutions related to the health field.
The global pandemic of COVID-19, the first registered to affect all of Humanity practically at the same time, has sharpened the ingenuity of medical researchers through necessity and has prompted the search for new applications to numerous projects already underway. Here are six inventions that have accelerated their development during the coronavirus crisis:
The reusable mask with antiviral filter
Recently, a team of British biochemists has patented a “germ net” that can be inserted into a washable and reusable mask: the Virustatic. Thus, this mask is presented as a solution to the excess of plastic waste associated with the excess (and necessary) use of sanitary material.
The British biotechnology company had been working on this project for 10 years, which has been completed in recent months and has already proven that it is capable of trapping 96% of microorganisms suspended in the air. Now the company is working on making a more affordable version that is accessible to most of the population.
The remote breathing monitor
Imagine that by placing a table similar to the one in the kitchen under the bed, someone could control your breathing remotely. Although it seems the result of fiction, this technology already exists and allows health workers to identify changes in patients' breathing through an analysis of chest movements without the need for physical contact. It is a product of the Israeli company EarlySense Ltd. that, although at the moment it is only available in Israel due to its high cost, it already has the approval to be marketed in both the US and the European Union.
The device records the patient's vital signs 100 times per minute and does not need to be connected to it: it is enough to place it under the mattress of the bed, so it is considered ideal for people at risk. However, the company has also proposed its use for monitoring asymptomatic carriers in quarantine.
The antimicrobial keychain
It is a device in the form of an ergonomic key ring that is used to come into contact with surfaces of special risk such as elevator buttons, doorknobs or refrigerators. The keychain, created by the American company Hygiene Hand, is intended to replace fingers in cases where disinfection is not possible and thus avoid unnecessary exposures to medical personnel.
Its benefits are based on something as simple as the material: brass. Of quite common use already in hospitals, it is a material in which bacteria and viruses hardly remain. Beyond sanitary use, the company dares to recommend it in the daily actions of individuals, such as going to the ATM.
3D printed isolation rooms
Given the shortage of hospital beds, the Chinese firm Winsun has converted an invention originally intended for the installation of cabins in isolation rooms. It is holiday habitations that were to be printed in 3D and were reused during quarantine in China, where they came to be produced, according to the company, 15 isolation rooms for patients with coronavirus in a single day.
These small buildings have sustainable showers and toilets and were printed through an extrusion process, with a robotic arm mounted on rails that were depositing layers of concrete to build the walls. Recycled construction rubble was used in the process.
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Catalan doctor Pere Moragas has been working on it for 18 years but has not been able to commercialize it on a large scale until the arrival of the pandemic, which has made it a necessity. It serves to protect spaces and uninfected people and is already used in hospitals on three continents.