• Coronavirus Innovation Map

    13 May, 2020

    With the emergence and clear effect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), people around the world are dramatically changing all aspects of life. This is an unfortunate circumstance that no one can escape, but as human beings are resilient creatures, we survive, and most importantly, we innovate.

    StartupBlink recognizes this change, and they decided to use the technology to help spread the innovation in this global quest to stop the virus. Together with the Health Innovation Exchange (...
  • Eurecat develops a reusable mask with interchangeable filters to achieve different levels of protection against COVID-19

    12 May, 2020
    The catalan technological center Eurecat and the chilean company Comberplast, are working together in the FreeBreath project for the development of PPE masks made of reusable and sterilizable plastic, with interchangeable filters to quickly achieve different levels of protection agains Covid-19.
    Concretely, the objective of the project is to produce FFP2 and FFP3 PPE masks, with widely available filters to "guarantee the supply of these PPE elements to the healthcare workers", says Carme M...
  • First CRISPR test for the coronavirus approved in the United States

    11 May, 2020

    The US drug regulator has granted its first emergency-use approval for a new coronavirus test that takes advantage of the gene-editing technology CRISPR on 6 May.

    The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency-use authority allows it to make tests and drugs available faster than usual in a public-health emergency. The new diagnostic kit is based on an approach co-developed by CRISPR pioneer Feng Zhang at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It ...
  • Young US couple creates innovative system to clean and reuse N95 masks with hydrogen peroxide

    6 May, 2020
    A young couple in Columbus, Ohio, came up with a unique way to clean and reuse critically needed N95 masks. This breakthrough system rolling out across the country provides some relief for health care workers struggling with a lack of personal protective equipment.Click here for reference

  • Coronavirus lockdown: Inventive routes back to normal life

    6 May, 2020

    Across the world, countries are embarking on enormous experiments in ending coronavirus lockdown measures - and others are looking on nervously, asking themselves what's the best way back to normality.

    There's no international consensus over how best to do it - but we've looked at the key trends that are emerging, and some of the innovative thinking leading the way.

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  • Sensor taps and no door handles: Covid-19 shows it's time to rethink public toilets

    4 May, 2020

    Public health experts, designers and architects say the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed fundamental flaws in the design of public toilets that risk spreading a second wave of coronavirus, and possibly even new pandemics.

    The pandemic has sparked calls for the introduction of building codes and design innovation for all future structures to comply with infection control measures, with greater input from disease specialists in construction projects that often see the design sta...
  • Transforming ORs into ICUs

    27 Apr, 2020

    Treating patients in New York City, the global epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic — where there have been more than 15,000 deaths attributed to Covid-19 to date — has required innovative solutions to problems of limited resources. In late March, demand for intensive care unit (ICU) beds and mechanical ventilation exceeded baseline capacity at New York–Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. At the same time, many of our operating rooms (ORs) and postanesthesia care units (PACUs) w...
  • New Canadian app available to support mental health during COVID-19

    21 Apr, 2020

    Four corporations, including two life insurers, have banded together with some community organizations and developed a mobile app and website that offers all Canadians access to a range of free resources to support their mental health during the COVID-19 epidemic.

    Called WellCan, the collection of digital resources will be accessible, free and available to everyone in Canada online and in app stores this week. As an online hub of free mental health services offered to Canadians, We...
  • ITU-WHO Joint: Unleashing information technology to defeat COVID-19

    21 Apr, 2020
    The World Health Organization, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) with support from UNICEF are set to work with telecommunication companies to text people directly on their mobile phones with vital health messaging to help protect them from COVID-19. These text messages will reach billions of people that aren’t able to connect to the internet for information.

    Now more than ever, technology must ensure that everyone can access the information they need. The collaboration wi...
  • Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology

    21 Apr, 2020

    Across the world, governments and health authorities are working together to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, to protect people and get society back up and running. Software developers are contributing by crafting technical tools to help combat the virus and save lives. In this spirit of collaboration, Google and Apple are announcing a joint effort to enable the use of Bluetooth technology to help governments and health agencies reduce the spread of the virus, with user privacy an...
  • Apple releases new COVID-19 app and website based on CDC guidance

    7 Apr, 2020

    Tools Offer Up-to-Date Guidance and Information for People Across the US.

    Apple today released a new screening tool and set of resources to help people stay informed and take the proper steps to protect their health during the spread of COVID-19, based on the latest CDC guidance. The new COVID-19 website, and COVID-19 app available on the App Store, were created in partnership with the CDC,1 the White House Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA to make it easy fo...
  • MIT ties up with Italian design company for Covid-19 ICUs

    7 Apr, 2020

    Architects have designed mobile hospitals in order to provide intensive care to the patients of coronavirus, which can increase their chance of survival.

    An Italian design company has teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create prefabricated intensive care units (ICUs), to deal with escalating numbers of coronavirus patients around the world.

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