The world is shrouded in the shadow of a new coronary virus outbreak of pneumonia. At present, the United States has become the world’s largest number of confirmed cases, as of the morning of April 2, the cumulative number of confirmed cases in the United States exceeded 210,000 cases, more than 5,000 deaths. In response, U.S. President Donald Trump has announced the use of the Defense Production Act, including General Motors, Ford, Tesla and other auto companies, including industrial manufacturers have invested in the production of respirators and other medical devices.
On March 31, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter that Tesla now has additional FDA-approved ventilators that will be available free of charge to hospitals in Tesla delivery areas around the world.
“Both the device and the cost of transportation are free, and the only requirement is for patients to use these ventilators immediately, rather than storing them in a warehouse,” Musk wrote. Please know (if necessary) me or @Tesla. “
On the same day, New York City Health Hospital also tweeted that it had obtained 40 ventilators from Tesla:
“We are particularly grateful to Tesla for donating to the team at New York City Health Plus Hospital and the Amherst branch to combat the outbreak of new coronal pneumonia. “
In response, Musk said, “We’re happy to be able to help, and we can provide more if needed.” “
Some netizens expressed appreciation and gratitude for Musk’s and Tesla’s donations. However, there are also netizens who have focused on “strange places”:
“Well done!” But where are the gloves ?medical staff? “
In addition, other netizens have questioned Tesla’s deliberate use of its trademark in the box,not revealing the true source of the ventilators:
“These ventilators are not made by Tesla, do we know the real producers of these ventilators?” Also, what is the purpose of focusing the lens on the Tesla Logo? This seems misleading. “
In response, some netizens pointed out that the boxes have been written on the producer is ResMed.
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But there are still complaints about Musk’s practice of highlighting the Tesla logo during the donation process:
Musk (after the Shanghai factory) once again turned to China to get out of trouble, and he still proudly pressed a Tesla Logo on the box. “
More controversially, some netizens pointed out that Musk’s donation to a New York hospital was actually a continuous positive pressure (CPAP) device, rather than the ventilator he claimed on Twitter:
“These are CPAP devices, don’t confuse them with ventilators.”
Some netizens quoted guidelines issued by the American Association of Anesthesiologists in February this year saying that cPAP devices are discouraged for patients with new coronary pneumonia based on experience during the SARS pandemic in 2003. Because the CPAP device, although similar to a ventilator, is less sealed than the latter and can still cause the spread of the virus:
“So is Musk blatantly ignoring this guide?” “
The Observer’s automotive channel previously reported that the Mercedes-AMG team, the six-time F1 champion, is working with British and American universities to develop a cPAP device capable of rapid mass production to cope with the shortage of medical devices in European countries and to ensure that limited breathing function is used in seriously ill patients.
But Duncan Young, professor of intensive care medicine at Oxford University, also warned that the CPAP device’s mask, which has a fine seam in the patient’s face and is not fully sealed, could still leak the virus to the clinic.
However, Musk also tweeted in late March that companies such as Tesla and SpaceX were willing to help produce ventilators if needed.
Musk doesn’t think it’s technically difficult to make a ventilator because both Tesla and SpaceX have experience in making devices related to ventilation and life-building systems. But he also acknowledged that although there was a shortage of ventilators in hospitals around the country, ventilators could not be produced in the first place. In response, Tesla is in talks with medical device manufacturers such as Medtrony to discuss cooperation.
On March 27, Musk tweeted that, in addition to working with Medtronic, Tesla would provide Reith, Philips and Medtronic ventilators to New York’s hospitals that night, given the urgent needs of New York City.
But given the severe shortage of ventilators, Musk had to buy more than 1,255 ventilators from China and airlift them to California and other places. He also thanked Tesla’s China team, the General Administration of Customs and Los Angeles Customs for their “swift action.”
As of March 28, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had distributed 11.6 million N95 masks, 26 million medical surgical masks, 5.2 million disposable medical protective masks, 4.3 million protective clothing, 22 million pairs of medical protective gloves and 8,100 ventilators, according to U.S. government data. But U.S. President Donald Trump has acknowledged that the U.S. federal emergency medical supplies stockpile is running out.