Tag: PPE

Coronavirus: Spain makes masks compulsory on public transport

Masks will be compulsory on public transport in Spain from Monday as the country moves to gradually relax its tough lockdown. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the government would distribute 6m masks, mainly at transport locations, and give another 7m to local authorities. Adults in Spain were able to exercise outdoors on Saturday for the first time in seven weeks.

 

The Telegraph: Almost half of Britain’s doctors have had to buy their own PPE

Almost half of doctors have had to purchase their own personal protective equipment (PPE) or use supplies donated by charities or local firms, according to the biggest survey yet of medics on the Covid-19 front line.

A British Medical Association survey of 16,343 members found that 48 per cent had bought PPE items themselves or received an “external donation … due to non-availability of official NHS procurement supplies” – including more than one in three hospital doctors. The doctors’ union said the figures called into question how the Government could be “anywhere near” meeting two of five tests that Boris Johnson said would have to be met before any easing of the lockdown measures. The tests were restated by Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer, at the Government’s daily press conference on Sunday….

10 Covid-busting designs: spraying drones, fever helmets and anti-virus snoods

Sesigners, engineers and programmers have heard the klaxon call. The last few weeks have seen a wave of ingenuity unleashed, with both garden-shed tinkerers and high-tech manufacturers scrambling to develop things that will combat the spread of Covid-19.

Many of their innovations raise as many questions as they answer, though. Could 3D printing now finally come into its own, with access to open-source, downloadable designs for medical parts? If so, will intellectual property infringements be waived, or will altruistic hacktivists still face costly lawsuits? Could mobile phone tracking map the spread of infection like never before, keeping people away from virus hotspots? If so, might governments use the pandemic as an excuse to ramp up surveillance measures post-crisis?