Being useful in the time of COVID-19

We are not all on the front lines, but we can support those who are

Jenny Apr 19

When it seemed like the world was coming to an end and all was lost, it wasn’t the government that stepped up. It wasn’t the military. It wasn’t the church. It wasn’t industry.

It was the Makers.

It was the people who build flaming crossbows and Daleks* who said, “Don’t worry. We’ll figure it out.”

The Makers saw that our medical workers didn’t have the PPE they needed. They saw that the inventories weren’t there and that the supply chains weren’t ready. They saw that there was a problem and they put down their crossbows (after extinguishing the flames) and put down their laser cutters and said, “We need a fast, inexpensive way to protect our family and friends who are working on the front lines against covid 19.”

And within days, these artists and engineers and creators had a solution. They designed a simple face shield. They cut the HDPE frame on a simple CNC router and they attached a sheet of clear plastic to it.

That’s it. A simple face shield that can be cleaned and re-used. A simple face shield that costs less than a dollar per shield for materials. A simple shield that can be made in under an hour and delivered to a doctor, a nurse, an orderly, a janitor – to someone’s daughter, someone’s brother, someone’s mother, someone’s friend, someone’s loved one.

A simple face shield that can save a life. That can save many lives.

“People have said we can’t change the world with what we do in our space,” says Pete P, one of the Makers, “but maybe right now, we can.”

(And that, my friends, is what I have been doing with my time. I have been doing the back office work for the artists and engineers who came up with this solution.)


* I am still not quite sure what that is.



One thought on “Being useful in the time of COVID-19

  1. Good for you! Glad you found a way to support. I am amazed at the number of face masks and face shields that normal people have already made for first responders and the many ways that folks have found to support each other. Stay safe, stay healthy.


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