Shifting gears during COVID-19

Shifting gears during COVID-19

When the world around is suffering from pernicious coronavirus, a soft hand to allay the adversity can be of great help. With global cases crossing 1,831,130 and death toll passing 113,013, COVID-19 has become a prime concern affecting every aspect of any economy. Lockdown has pushed many people indoors making their lives secure, but people on the front lines of this pandemic are regularly sacrificing their comfort to ensure ours.

 

Amidst this, some heroes are regularly serving mankind. Lacerta Group Inc., a plastics packaging manufacturer business owned by the past engineering students of Northeastern University, has started producing protective face shields for the health workers. Every aspect of the production of face shields from designing and creating moulds to thermoforming takes place inside its manufacturing unit. The shield covers the face from the forehead to an inch below the chin and is fully adjustable.  It started production in the last week of March and manufactures 400,000 to 500,000 shields per day for hospitals, health workers, EMTs, and others on the front lines of combatting COVID-19.

 

During this pandemic, the daily wage workers and poor don’t have access to even two meals a day. To help them, people all around are distributing food packets. St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix, Ariz serves 1200 people a day. Their kind effort is supported by truckloads of donations so that no one returns with an empty stomach. Few schools in Texas are still open just to feed poor children.

 

The bus drivers helping people to carry on their essential jobs, doctors and hospital staff attending patients regularly, delivery workers active at this odd time, police officers deployed to ensure law abidance, and many others deserve recognition for their invaluable service. The best way to pay them gratitude is by following government advisory, practising social distancing and taking all precautionary measures. We should not let their efforts go in vain.

 

Kriti Vishwakarma

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Kriti Vishwakarma

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