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Dyson is working on something new right now, and it’s probably not what you’d expect.
The globally famous brand is known for producing dust busting vacuum cleaners and in recent years it’s blessed the world with some super innovative beauty tools like its iconic hair dryer and brand new straighteners.
But now, Dyson is using its expertise in air centred technology to help in the fight against the global coronavirus pandemic.
Over the past ten days, Dyson has been working to design a new ventilator and it has already had an order from the UK government for 10,000 units.
Covid-19 can cause patients suffering from the virus to develop severe respiratory issues. Ventilators provide breathing assistance for patients who are unable to breathe properly themselves.
According to CNN, the company’s founder James Dyson penned a letter to his employees confirming the order made by Boris Johnson last week.
‘A ventilator supports a patient who is no longer able to maintain their own airways, but sadly there is currently a significant shortage, both in the UK and other countries around the world,’ the billionaire businessman said.
‘This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and at volume.’
According to a Dyson spokesperson, the ventilators, called CoVents, are set to be ready in early April.
‘The core challenge was how to design and deliver a new, sophisticated medical product in volume and in an extremely short space of time,’ James explained.
‘The race is now on to get it into production.’
Meanwhile, it has been reported that carmarkers like Ford, Tesla, and General Motors have also pledged to repurpose their plants to begin helping to produce the critical treatment devices needed across the globe to fight the virus.