1) Creating Innovative Products
There are certain products, machines, and medical items that are both helpful in the current crisis but also in unfortunately short supply. This might be because of government oversights or the panic buying that has plagued so many communities. These products include hand sanitiser, hospital ventilators, and medical masks. Fortunately, several clever and innovative individuals and companies have been working to bolster that shortage.
Scotting brewery of delicious IPAs, Brewdog, have decided to produce and sell their own hand sanitisers (Brewgel) as a way to combat the panic buying of hand sanitiser that has plagued the UK. Across the pond, a distillery in Vermont is doing the exact same thing.
Companies and individuals in Spain, Poland and other countries across the world are using their 3D printing knowledge and access to 3D printers in order to produce ventilators in order to tackle the global shortage in a way that could save countless lives.
Then there are masks, which are now being designed and manufactured by companies who normally don’t veer into that sign of manufacturing. This includes fashion brands based in France and Italy as well as the Italian car manufacturer Fiat, who have refocussed one of their China-based factories to produce medical masks for people to have access to.
Something that you can easily do at home is make your own hand sanitiser for yourself, and to share with your family and friends. Hand sanitiser is a simple blend of pure alcohol and aloe vera which you can mix in a bottle and use in a pinch. The alcohol cleans while the aloe vera soothes. Who knows what else you can come up with!