M-19 ‘Face Shields’ To Protect Front-Liners In Fight Against Corona

The face shield ensures that every warrior on the frontline will be protected from the virus.

India’s fight against the novel coronavirus is a collective effort; from medical professionals and law enforcement to manufacturers and media agencies, everyone is doing their part. However, while most of us are required to stay indoors, many of those on the frontline are required to put themselves at risk while trying to contain the spread of the disease. 

It is for that very reason that an education media start-up, ScooNews, in collaboration with Fabmat, has initiated the production and distribution of M-19 protective face shields. Face shields are personal protective equipment devices that are used by many workers (e.g., medical, dental, veterinary) for protection of the facial area and associated mucous membranes (eyes, nose, mouth) from splashes, sprays, and spatter of body fluids. 

The face shield ensures that every warrior on the frontline will be protected from the virus. It helps save the ones who are saving us i.e. the Doctors, Paramedics, Police Force and Municipal Corporation workers, etc., who are out on the streets and fighting this virus so that we can remain safe. 

In USA, Tech companies like Apple and Blue Origin and universities like Duke are using their arsenals of 3D printers to produce millions of face shields for medical workers. 

Ravi Santlani, Founder of ScooNews, while talking about the M-19 face shields said, “The health workers, paramedics and Police personnel, who are risking their safety, deserve to go back to their homes safe so that their families can be safe too.” With regards to the production and distribution of the M-19 Face Shields, he mentioned, “When thousands of good Samaritans are distributing food to the needy, we thought of making these shields and giving it to our Corona Warriors who are out in the streets helping the country remain safe. Till date 7500 shields have already been distributed to doctors, paramedics and police in high-risk areas in Rajasthan and we are committed to making 40000 more, but it will not be possible without the contributions from the society and hence we are crowdfunding the funds required through Ketto.” Besides the growing concern of the spread of the virus, a larger concern of a lack of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for frontline workers, has impeded efforts to effectively treat patients. Various hospitals have been shut down because they have become ‘containment zones’, with the doctors and nurses themselves having tested positive for the virus. 

As of now, owing to a shortage of PPE, India is looking to import equipment from China. But while we wait for that equipment to come in, large numbers of doctors, paramedics, journalists, police and other personnel are still risking their safety. India is on a race against time to save its doctors and every measure to provide protective equipment will help. Once the production of these masks reaches a substantial level, it will greatly improve the safety standards for people on the frontline.

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