Industry, science, engineering and design have joined forces to help fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Working in teams and with modern manufacturing methods, they are collectively and rapidly designing, producing and distributing COVID-19 medical respiratory devices and face shields to help with shortages in hospitals around the world. With no time for peer review, at incredible speed epidemiologists around the world are sending each other papers, helping the medical world understand the virus and for industry to design accordingly.
The mood is akin to that of war time, when the urgency of the occasion creates a hotbed of ideas and accelerates the speed of change. During World War II, away from the front line, architects, engineers, designers, scientists made life-saving inventions from their studios and on assembly lines. Some of the ideas led to further possibilities in time of