People around the world 3D-printing masks for healthcare professionals and staff

Image: 3Dverkstan

Many people around the world have come together to produce protective medical tools for healthcare professionals and staff on the frontline of COVID-19. An initiative by Jenny Sabin of Cornell University has reached architecture studios, factories, and homes across the world in a very short time. People who don’t know how to help joined the effort and started to print their own masks at their homes. The network, which includes firms that own 3D printers, engineers, designers and software developers, came together on social media to ensure the production of medical parts, tools, and equipment by using the power of 3D printers at home or workplaces, soon coordinated and started production.

Image: 3Dverkstan

After the drawing of the medical equipment was made, the prototype was produced and shared with the people joining the network on social media, the volunteers started to produce protective face shields/masks for the healthcare workers with 3D printers from their homes and companies. Designers, engineers and many more based their products on the open-source design from the Swedish 3D printing firm, 3Dverkstan. The shields can be printed in less than 20 minutes and are made of only two elements: a 3D printed frame and a semi-rigid plastic sheet that can be easily placed on.

While 3D printer owners can join the network through the website, healthcare professionals, hospitals and healthcare organizations can also submit medical parts requests. Sponsors who want to provide rubber, PETG transparent protective plate, and filament support can also be included in the supply network. As manufacturers cannot meet the increasing demand for the mask, this effort and collaboration of people will help immensely to healthcare professionals and staff.


If you want to join this effort, you can find free-to-use files and instructions available here.

French healthcare professionals are suing the government for negligence

So far in France, there are 2,606 deaths and 40,174 reported cases of COVID-19 (numbers of March 30th), and thousands of healthcare professionals are infected, and six doctors are already dead from the disease, anger is rising among staff and medical personnel against the government. The French Government, like governments across Europe, initially tried to downplay the disease and intentionally withheld vital information from the public. In return, hundreds of health-care professionals are filing a suit charging top officials of the government with criminal negligence.

The crisis exploded after former Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn spoke to Le Monde accusing Prime Minister Édouard Philippe of not calling off the first round of local elections on March 15 and claimed that she warned the general health directorate. On January 11, she sent a message to the president and on January 30, she warned Édouard Philippe that elections should be held/postponed for now.

Buzyn claimed that top French officials knew and hid the truth by not calling for a lock-down for COVID-19’s spread and as a result, they are responsible for exposing themselves and French people to danger.

She stated: “From the start, I was thinking of just one thing: the coronavirus. We should have stopped everything. We were playing a masquerade. The last weeks were a nightmare. Every time I went to a public meeting, I was terrified.” and added: “There will be thousands of deaths.”

As the number of death skyrocketed, growing anger and disappointment with the Macron government made healthcare professionals file a suit against Philippe, Buzyn and other top officials. Hundreds of doctors and health staff represented by Fabrica di Vizio filed a suit to the Court of Justice of the Republic which has the jurisdiction to investigated high crimes by government officials. Di Vizio claimed that they are suing based on Article 233, part 7 of the Criminal Code, which declares that anyone who voluntarily doesn’t take or launch measures that would allow, without risk for himself or third persons, for fighting a catastrophe that could threaten physical persons is punished with 2 years in jail and a 30,000 euro fine.

Di Vizio claimed that health staff discovered that the government’s assurances about protective equipment such as face masks were lies. He claimed: “The government told them at the end of February that the masks would arrive. At the beginning of March, when they understood that the masks were not coming, they started hearing from the government that masks were not really needed… This was simply an admission of impotence and a lie. The plain truth is that the government had stocked no supplies.”

Although French firms are producing face masks, the British government placed their orders first, so French has to wait. As a result of this, for the entire month of March, French healthcare professionals and staff did not receive any masks and many got sick and 6 doctors died.

The fight to hold government officials accountable for this fatal mistake of underestimating and downplaying the dangers of COVID-19 pandemic has big support in the working class, which can be seen in polls: %70 of the French people does not believe that the government is telling the truth and being transparent about the pandemic.

You don’t have to sing “Happy Birthday” twice anymore: New handwashing infographics generator

The Coronavirus (COVID-19), which first appeared in Wuhan, China in December 2019, spread to the whole world in a few months. As of now (13 March 2019), 145,337 Coronavirus cases have occurred and 5,416 people have died. Unfortunately, each day the number of cases and death is increasing. There is no known cure for it and the world is in panic and chaos.

The main measures proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO) against coronavirus (COVID-19) are: washing hands frequently, maintaining the distance between other people, keeping the airway clean by sneezing our elbow, and finally not touching the eyes, nose, and mouth. Paying attention to these measures and turning them into a habit will both increase our individual health and cleanliness and ensure that all are protected against COVID-19.

Infographics and educational videos showing how to wash hands in detail started to surf on the internet. Professionals stated that the hands should be washed in detail for more than 20 seconds. To make it easy to keep in mind, 20 seconds were often explained as “the amount of time passing by singing Happy Birthday twice.”

You may be sick of singing Happy Birthday twice: Wash Your Lyrics generator offers a solution. The Wash Your Lyrics website is an online infographic preparation tool that if you put in the name of the song and the artist you want to match, the website generates an infographic for you by matching desired lyrics to hand washing steps.

Developed by 17-year-old British software developer and designer William Gibson, the generator works on the principle of finding lyrics and placing them on the visual. It soon became a meme and was shared by many famous artists with its own lyrics and used as a tool to remind hand washing. According to William, 348,471(+) posters were created so far.

You can reach the site via this link and sync your favorite songs with a 20-second hand wash ritual: Wash Your Lyrics