India, the second most populous country in the world, is gripped by the pandemic that is COVID 19. The Govt. of India has imposed country wide lockdown conditions to help prevent the spread of the disease.
In the past few weeks, Indian manufacturing firms have been working in overdrive mode due to a surge of demand for surgical masks from countries like China and Malaysia. This has led to an increase of prices in domestic markets as most of the produce is now being exported.
There are no large-scale manufacturers of surgical masks in the country, but there is a demand of about 2 million to 5 million masks per month. Indian manufacturers are not equipped to deal with the sudden demand for such large quantities.
To combat the situation and to do our part in helping our white-coated warriors, team SnugSquare, in association with our good friends at Caba Design, has come up with ways to make DIY Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Key information to keep in mind
- Healthy people DON’T need to wear masks unless they're caring for someone who may have COVID-19.
- People with fever, cough and breathing difficulties SHOULD wear masks and go see a doctor.
- Using masks incorrectly can actually increase infection risk.
- Surgical (or medical) masks can't protect you from the coronavirus. They are designed to keep droplets in — not to keep them out — and are intended to keep the wearer from getting others sick.
- N95 respirators can keep out airborne particles but they aren't entirely leak-proof, and can make you more vulnerable to infections if used incorrectly.
- When lots of people get their hands on respirators, the healthcare professionals who really need them could face a dangerous shortage.
We’ve identified 3 primary areas of focus around Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Masks, Face Shields, and Containment. The current supply chains & raw material shortages for these are of most immediate concern.
Resources to Share
Please share the following resources freely with your neighbor & local businesses. Our primary intention is to provide design & manufacturing guidelines for the everyday person and local business that has the basic tools at hand.
These PDFs are for sharing. Please do your part to help and pass along!
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These resources are for informational purposes only and is not professional medical advice nor guarantee of outcome. SnugSquare is not responsible for errors or omissions in sharing these resources.