The covid-19 pandemic hit the world rather suddenly this year, catching the medical community unprepared for a crisis of such magnitude. Seemingly overnight, hospitals around the world were bombarded with highly contagious patients, many of whom required the aid of ventilators, also known as mechanical respirators, to continue breathing. According to Johns Hopkins’ Coronavirus Resource Center, at the time of writing the number of confirmed cases globally exceeded 7 million.
Unfortunately, hospitals in areas hardest hit by the virus quickly realized that they did not have enough of these life-saving machines to support all those who would need them. A report published by the Imperial College of London’s Covid-19 Response Team stated that of those hospitalized because of the virus, 30% will need the aid of a ventilator.