Could these DIY ventilators stop coronavirus from killing people?
Early in the pandemic, hospitals were desperate for ventilators for patients who need assistance with their breathing due to the respiratory effects of COVID-19.
Major manufacturers increased production and big names outside the medtech space attempted to help end the shortage. By April, doctors in Italy had to decide which patients would get ventilators — and which would not. So intrepid folks from across the world decided to try their hands at making new ventilators to fill the gaps.