As the United States continues its battle against COVID-19, Delta Flight Products has announced it is partnering with Global Center for Medical Innovation to manufacture face shields meant to protect healthcare workers at the frontline. For the uninitiated, Delta Flight Products is Delta Air Lines' subsidiary while Global Center for Medical Innovation is the non-profit affiliate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
According to the press release, the face shields are being manufactured in Delta Flight Products' best-in-class facilities using materials and designs provided by Global Center for Medical Innovation. Delta Flight Products aims to deliver the initial order of 2,000 face shields to New York first, followed by an additional 4,000 to Atlanta. Delta Flight Products has also stated it will explore ‘expanding its face shield production beyond the initial order in the coming weeks'.
In the current stressful, terrifying climate, Delta Flight Products couldn't be more moved to show some meaningful support for healthcare workers staking out at the frontline. The face shields will come in handy in extending the use life of the rapidly dwindling N95 mask inventory available to healthcare workers who desperately need them to protect themselves from possible contamination. Each face shield is clear and meant to cover the user's entire face. This helps to cut down the chances for any virus to reach the user's respiratory mask and eyes.
By now, you should be aware that hospitals in hard-hit states across the country are in dire need of personal protective equipment and even critical medicines, such as drugs that keep COVID-19 patients' airways open, sedatives, antivirals and antibiotics.
The coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 1 million people worldwide, including 245,573 in the United States at time of writing. The death toll in the United States has unfortunately climbed again and is now at 6,058 according to the tally by Johns Hopkins University.
In the United States, New York remains the epicenter of the US pandemic. President Trump recently announced plans for the US military and federal personnel to operate a makeshift hospital poised to be set up in New York's Javits Center convention center. This comes after a 1,000-bed US Navy hospital ship was sent to New York.
In other news, President Trump has finally announced the signing of the Defense Production Act order for Minnesota-based 3M to produce face masks. General Motors Co will also be required to ramp up production of N95 masks. Several other companies will be working to ramp up production of ventilators that are increasingly in shortage across the country as the number of COVID-19 patients requiring them continues to climb day after day.
The owner of the New England Patriots purchased 300,000 N95 masks for New York state and another whopping 1.2 million N95 masks to donate to the state of Massachusetts. These masks were transported all the way from China back to the United States via the New England Patriots' jet.