Leveraging open hardware to alleviate the burden of COVID-19 on global health systems

Maia Chagas, Andre, Molloy, Jennifer C, Prieto-Godino, Lucia L and Baden, Tom (2020) Leveraging open hardware to alleviate the burden of COVID-19 on global health systems. PLoS Biology, 18 (4). e3000730. ISSN 1544-9173

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Abstract

With the current rapid spread of COVID-19, global health systems are increasingly overburdened by the sheer number of people that need diagnosis, isolation and treatment. Shortcomings are evident across the board, from staffing, facilities for rapid and reliable testing to availability of hospital beds and key medical-grade equipment. The scale and breadth of the problem calls for an equally substantive response not only from frontline workers such as medical staff and scientists, but from skilled members of the public who have the time, facilities and knowledge to meaningfully contribute to a consolidated global response. Here, we summarise community-driven approaches based on Free and Open Source scientific and medical Hardware (FOSH) as well as personal protective equipment (PPE) currently being developed and deployed to support the global response for COVID-19 prevention, patient treatment and diagnostics.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Betacoronavirus, Community Participation, Coronavirus Infections, Equipment and Supplies, Hospital, Global Health, Humans, Pandemics, Pneumonia, Viral
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Neuroscience
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2020 08:18
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2020 09:06
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/92846

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