Nomad, usually recognized for making smartphone equipment, has reprioritized operations to make medical provides like face masks amid the continued unfold of the novel coronavirus, the corporate has introduced.
Proper now, Nomad is presently promoting disposable three-layer face masks, and you may apply to buy them here. Nomad says it is going to be prioritize masks first for medical professionals, then for first responders, after which for important companies. Its masks price $0.375 every, and the corporate estimates that they’ll ship from the corporate’s Hong Kong warehouse inside two to a few days.
Nomad’s masks aren’t tight-fitting N95 respirators, however the firm says its masks’ filters are “examined at >98% bacterial filtration effectivity, assembly FDA testing requirements.” Nomad advises utilizing its masks in “decrease contact conditions,” till they get FDA approval, which it expects to get within the coming weeks. Nomad says its masks are presently authorized in Europe, Taiwan, and China.
“Proper now we imagine the one smartest thing we will do is to help within the distribution of much-needed provides world wide to help these on the frontlines of flattening the curve: nurses, docs, and first responders,” mentioned Nomad co-founders Noah Dentzel and Brian Hahn in a letter.
Many different firms are working to donate or make extra medical provides to assist fight shortages. Razer introduced final week that it’s utilizing a few of its manufacturing traces to make masks. Sharp mentioned on March 1st that it might be making masks at one in all its factories in Japan. Ford introduced it’s working with 3M and Common Electrical to make ventilators and masks. Apple has dedicated to donating “thousands and thousands” of masks. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the corporate would donate its emergency reserve of 720,000 masks and that it’s “engaged on sourcing thousands and thousands of extra to donate.” Director Peyton Reed thanked Tesla CEO Elon Musk for donating “a truckload of PPEs (masks, robes, and so on.)” to UCLA Well being.