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Worthians join the battle to defeat Covid-19

It has been great to start hearing from Worthians who are working to help defeat the spread of the coronavirus:

Matthew Knight C'98 is a Respiratory Medicine Consultant at Watford Hospital currently directing their virtual hospital, managing patients at home with coronavirus with oxygen monitoring.  

Will Harries R'15 wrote about Augment Bionics, the start-up he helped found whilst at Edinburgh University, in the latest issue of The Blue Paper . They had set up a successful business building highly functional and affordable 3D printed prosthetic arms. They have now joined the fight against COVID-19 and in response to shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) will begin 3D printing of face shields to help protect doctors' eyes and faces from coughing and sneezing patients and will donate them to the NHS. They already have orders for over 400 face shields from hospitals and GP's across the country. Utilising the 10 3D printers at their disposal they should be able to make 900 face shields a month, funding for which is being secured via their Go Fund Me page. More info can be found on their website  and social media.

Stephen Bamford StB'68 has let us know that he has been involved with a UK company called International Water Solutions for several years who are a manufacturer of unique anti-bacterial products. They are now making a hand sanitiser called MYDIS which as you might imagine is in great demand! 

Dr Nick van Terheyden C'82 who is based in the US has had a long career blending medical practice and business strategy and has been running a series of videos on LinkedIn to help employers and employees better understand the current crisis and its impact.

You may have seen quite a lot of Dominic Hughes R'85 on your TV screens recently, he is the BBC's Health Correspondent and reporting on the front line of the pandemic on a daily basis.

We look forward to sharing more stories with the network about Worthians doing their bit to help the crisis with the network.


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