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Innovations By COVID-19: Corona Unleashes Creative Thinking

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innovations by covid 19  corona unleashes creative thinking | Newsletter

It has already been said by many. COVID-19, better known as the Corona virus, has a seriously impressive track record. Not only for its speed in trapping the world in a pandemic modern times have never seen, but also for its impact on society. In only a few short months, the virus has managed to do exactly that what threats of climate change and whatnot have failed to do.

Innovations By COVID-19: Corona Unleashes Creative Thinking

The world has ground to a halt, with air quality having significantly improved in many countries and water cleaner than it has been in our lifetime. Once Venetians start seeing fish in the crystal-clear canals and Chinese children experience the joy of crisp, fresh air for the first time, it becomes clear that COVID-19 has done more than just unleash horror and death on the world.

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Recommended: Lockdown Caused By The Coronavirus: A Relieve For Our Planet

No, we are not trying to imply that COVID-19 is a good thing. We are just as worried about the death toll and implications for our society and our economy as the next person. However, it is undeniable that there are some rather unexpected side-effects. Not just the fact that nature and the environment is thriving, but also the innovation that it has unleashed. It has shown that mankind is remarkably resilient and able to make lemonade out of lemons.

So, perhaps it is worth celebrating some of those innovations we have seen over the past weeks.

  1. Anti-virus snood

One of the main messages that is put out is that sneezing or coughing should be covered up as much as possible, as this allows the virus to get airborne and affect others. This is why some clever minds from Manchesters came up with their snood (the lovechild of a scarf and a hat) that is able to trap germs.

woman, mask
Photo by: Virustatic Shield. The Virustatic Shield snood 

The fabric coating is similar to the carbohydrate structures on the surfaces of the cells covering the oesophagus. Or, put simply, the material functions like a germ-trap the same way flies might get stuck in a fly-trap. As the snood covers not just your mouth and nose but the majority of your face, it catches some 96% of all germs flying around.

Recommended: We Created The Coronavirus: A Milieu Flaw That Will Kill Us

  1. Fever-detecting helmets

Now, let’s turn from the fashionable to the somewhat creepy. Chinese police agents have been equipped with pretty impressive fever-detecting smart helmets. These helmets feature an infrared temperature detector, coupled with an augmented-reality visor. This means that you are able to look through it at a crowd of people and detect people with a fever, sounding an alarm if one is spotted.

2 men, helmets
Photo by: China News Service. Police officers in Chengdu, China, wearing smart helmets fitted with infrared cameras to detect citizens with high body temperatures

It works for people who are up to 5 meters away, allowing officers to scout a pretty large crowd in a relatively short period of time. And, for the creepy part, the augmented reality part and Wi-Fi connection will allow for facial recognition, pulling up the name and relevant medical details for each subject observed.

  1. 3D-printed ventilator valves

With the virus sweeping across the globe, medical professionals are stressing the importance of ventilators. With only a limited number available and many more people needing them, it is time to start getting creative. The Italian company Isinnova came to the rescue when a hospital sent out a cry for help as they ran out of Venturi valves, used to connect the ventilator to a face mask.

3D-printed ventilator valves
Photo by: Filippo Venezia/EPAD. Printed valves help hospitals in Italy keep up with demand. 

They decided to reverse engineer the valves before churning it out on a 3D-printer. The prototype was ready within 6 hours, with 100 working valves printed and supplied the following day. After their success, the company went on to 3D-printed adapters that can turn a snorkelling mask into a non-invasive ventilator, to aid in the shortage of oxygen masks.

  1. 3D-printed isolation cubes

Speaking of shortages, the capacity of most hospitals is close to being exceeded - if it isn’t so already. Patients need to be isolated for long periods of time, slowing patient turnover. In order to come up with more wards for Corona-stricken patients, the Chinese company Winsun turned to its architectural scale 3D-printers to print 15 isolation cubes in a day. Originally designed as holiday homes, the company decided to share them with hospitals to give them some breathing room. The buildings come complete with showers and eco-toilets and are made of recycled materials.

Recommended: Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off Grid: The Netherlands

isolation cubes white, blue
Photo by: Winsun. 3D-printed isolation wards have been put into use at Xianning Central Hospital, China 

  1. Virus testing booths

South Korea has become the world’s poster child for Corona virus testing, as it has the highest percentage of tests performed on its population. The way they have done so is remarkable as well: one hospital in Seoul came up with fancy-looking testing booths, allowing medical staff to examine potential patients from behind a plastic panel. These booths resemble phone boxes, which can be pressurised to prevent any particles from escaping.


                                   Coronavirus: South Korea dials up testing with hospital 'phone booth' | AFP

After getting in, patients will be granted a quick consult via intercom, after which a nose and throat swab will be taken using large arm-length rubber gloves built in the panel. After performing the tests, the entire booth can be disinfected and ventilated.

  1. Arm door opener

As data seems to indicate that the virus can survive on metal surfaces for quite a long period of time, it was only a matter of time before a smart company came up with a way of preventing hand-to-door-opener contact. Belgian company Materialise came up with a hands-free door handle attachment, that can be downloaded for free on their website. Two simple parts can be screwed to the side of the handle, making it easy to open the door using your arm or elbow.

Recommended: Sustainable Great Inventions From Eco-Inventors: Worldwide

arm door opener
Photo by: Paolo Vergalito. Materialise Armed and less dangerous … Materialise’s door opener 

  1. Virus fighting drones

China has finally found a use for its drone army that could be considered innovative. In order to fight the spread of the disease, the tiny flying choppers were equipped with anything from fever-detecting sensors to disinfectant sprayers to loudspeakers to talk to large groups of people. Or they were employed as messengers, to deliver supplies to those in isolation or take test samples to and from the lab as soon as possible. They were combatting the virus faster and more efficient than a person could, while not running the risk of being infected.

Recommended: Drones Safeguarding Your Food: Future Farming Worldwide

3 men, drone, building
Photo by: China Daily. Airborne response … a drone sprays disinfectant on streets in China’s Hebei province

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The ocean is a soup of virus, bacteria and plankton that feeds billions, sequesters CO2 and creates most of our oxygen. That soup created the forests, plants, animals and kept everything in balance. Humans filled the oceans with our own soup of poop, pee, condoms, tampons, dirty diapers, medical waste, PCBs, and the worst ingredient of all plastic. Bacteria, virus and PCBs hitch a ride on that plastic and PCBs modify the viruses DNA it becomes “novel” able to defeat more bacteria upsetting the balance. It's exponential growth can be partially attributed to sewage it's in much of our waterways, and corona can be transmitted in sea mist, swallowed, enter a cut or from raw fish. Our runoff, is killing the oceans, they're vomiting up sea life all over the world, causing climate change, pandemics and death. Eventually, billions will starve, from the loss of fish, crop failures and be sicken by disease from new viruses
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Innovations By COVID-19: Corona Unleashes Creative Thinking

It has already been said by many. COVID-19, better known as the Corona virus, has a seriously impressive track record. Not only for its speed in trapping the world in a pandemic modern times have never seen, but also for its impact on society. In only a few short months, the virus has managed to do exactly that what threats of climate change and whatnot have failed to do. Innovations By COVID-19: Corona Unleashes Creative Thinking The world has ground to a halt, with air quality having significantly improved in many countries and water cleaner than it has been in our lifetime. Once Venetians start seeing fish in the crystal-clear canals and Chinese children experience the joy of crisp, fresh air for the first time, it becomes clear that COVID-19 has done more than just unleash horror and death on the world. Recommended:  Lockdown Caused By The Coronavirus: A Relieve For Our Planet No, we are not trying to imply that COVID-19 is a good thing. We are just as worried about the death toll and implications for our society and our economy as the next person. However, it is undeniable that there are some rather unexpected side-effects. Not just the fact that nature and the environment is thriving, but also the innovation that it has unleashed. It has shown that mankind is remarkably resilient and able to make lemonade out of lemons. So, perhaps it is worth celebrating some of those innovations we have seen over the past weeks. Anti-virus snood One of the main messages that is put out is that sneezing or coughing should be covered up as much as possible, as this allows the virus to get airborne and affect others. This is why some clever minds from Manchesters came up with their snood (the lovechild of a scarf and a hat) that is able to trap germs. Photo by: Virustatic Shield. The Virustatic Shield snood  The fabric coating is similar to the carbohydrate structures on the surfaces of the cells covering the oesophagus. Or, put simply, the material functions like a germ-trap the same way flies might get stuck in a fly-trap. As the snood covers not just your mouth and nose but the majority of your face, it catches some 96% of all germs flying around. Recommended:  We Created The Coronavirus: A Milieu Flaw That Will Kill Us Fever-detecting helmets Now, let’s turn from the fashionable to the somewhat creepy. Chinese police agents have been equipped with pretty impressive fever-detecting smart helmets. These helmets feature an infrared temperature detector, coupled with an augmented-reality visor. This means that you are able to look through it at a crowd of people and detect people with a fever, sounding an alarm if one is spotted. Photo by: China News Service. Police officers in Chengdu, China, wearing smart helmets fitted with infrared cameras to detect citizens with high body temperatures It works for people who are up to 5 meters away, allowing officers to scout a pretty large crowd in a relatively short period of time. And, for the creepy part, the augmented reality part and Wi-Fi connection will allow for facial recognition, pulling up the name and relevant medical details for each subject observed. 3D-printed ventilator valves With the virus sweeping across the globe, medical professionals are stressing the importance of ventilators. With only a limited number available and many more people needing them, it is time to start getting creative. The Italian company Isinnova came to the rescue when a hospital sent out a cry for help as they ran out of Venturi valves, used to connect the ventilator to a face mask. Photo by: Filippo Venezia/EPAD. Printed valves help hospitals in Italy keep up with demand.  They decided to reverse engineer the valves before churning it out on a 3D-printer. The prototype was ready within 6 hours, with 100 working valves printed and supplied the following day. After their success, the company went on to 3D-printed adapters that can turn a snorkelling mask into a non-invasive ventilator, to aid in the shortage of oxygen masks. 3D-printed isolation cubes Speaking of shortages, the capacity of most hospitals is close to being exceeded - if it isn’t so already. Patients need to be isolated for long periods of time, slowing patient turnover. In order to come up with more wards for Corona-stricken patients, the Chinese company Winsun turned to its architectural scale 3D-printers to print 15 isolation cubes in a day. Originally designed as holiday homes, the company decided to share them with hospitals to give them some breathing room. The buildings come complete with showers and eco-toilets and are made of recycled materials. Recommended:  Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off Grid: The Netherlands Photo by: Winsun. 3D-printed isolation wards have been put into use at Xianning Central Hospital, China  Virus testing booths South Korea has become the world’s poster child for Corona virus testing, as it has the highest percentage of tests performed on its population. The way they have done so is remarkable as well: one hospital in Seoul came up with fancy-looking testing booths, allowing medical staff to examine potential patients from behind a plastic panel. These booths resemble phone boxes, which can be pressurised to prevent any particles from escaping. {youtube}                                    Coronavirus: South Korea dials up testing with hospital 'phone booth' | AFP After getting in, patients will be granted a quick consult via intercom, after which a nose and throat swab will be taken using large arm-length rubber gloves built in the panel. After performing the tests, the entire booth can be disinfected and ventilated. Arm door opener As data seems to indicate that the virus can survive on metal surfaces for quite a long period of time, it was only a matter of time before a smart company came up with a way of preventing hand-to-door-opener contact. Belgian company Materialise came up with a hands-free door handle attachment, that can be downloaded for free on their website. Two simple parts can be screwed to the side of the handle, making it easy to open the door using your arm or elbow. Recommended:  Sustainable Great Inventions From Eco-Inventors: Worldwide Photo by: Paolo Vergalito. Materialise Armed and less dangerous … Materialise’s door opener  Virus fighting drones China has finally found a use for its drone army that could be considered innovative. In order to fight the spread of the disease, the tiny flying choppers were equipped with anything from fever-detecting sensors to disinfectant sprayers to loudspeakers to talk to large groups of people. Or they were employed as messengers, to deliver supplies to those in isolation or take test samples to and from the lab as soon as possible. They were combatting the virus faster and more efficient than a person could, while not running the risk of being infected. Recommended:  Drones Safeguarding Your Food: Future Farming Worldwide Photo by: China Daily. Airborne response … a drone sprays disinfectant on streets in China’s Hebei province Before you go! 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