As of February 26, 2020...
- the Chinese government announced that hundreds of medics have become infected with the Corona virus and many have succumbed.
- Dr. Li Wenliang, who sounded the alarm about corona virus becoming an epidemic has now died.
- it is becoming apparent that countless people will have to face pain and death without the bedside comfort of those most dear to them.
- ALIN Foundation in Berkeley made available germ-containment enclosures that infectious patients can be placed in while receiving medical attention or to allow visitors to safely stay with the patient. In this way, medical staff and visitors do not risk exposure to the virus.
- Dr. Matsumura showed a prototype germ-containment unit to reporters at his press conference that morning.
Dr. Kenneth Matsumura, CEO of ALIN Foundation Institute and a Time magazine-honored medical Inventor of the Year, said ALIN has developed and is prepared to supply thousands of secure clear-view capsules where patients can comfortably reside while being treated by health care workers. The workers are able to reach inside the capsule using long-armed gloves or don PPE and enter the unit in order to start intravenous fluids, give nourishment, catheterize bladder, or intubate in case of respiratory failure. Medics outside the unit do not have to wear hazmat suits to protect themselves.
ALIN's Care + Germ-ContainmentTM air purifying system circulates air and kills all air borne viruses. The enclosure is equipped to sanitize all bio-hazard, and care-giving waste before it re-enters the surrounding environment where it is processed completely by incineration. It allows patients who are able to, to stand, stretch and move within a limited space.
The unit is designed to solve the currently untenable problems medics face wearing hot hazmat suits that take an hour to don, can only be endured for a few hours, and must be changed so often personnel risk further exposure to the virus.
Suit changes add to the tons of bio-hazard and caregiver waste, which according to the US National Institute of Health fill up one hospital room after another.
In 2015 when an infected ebola patient was brought to Texas to be treated, a doctor and a nurse both came down with the virus. The ebola death rate average is 50%. For that dangerous situation the United States prepared only 64 isolation beds in several locations. Such meager preparation could not possibly handle a large scale outbreak, nor deter a bio-terrorist from their ill intentions.
ALIN's Care + Germ-ContainmentTM is a care unit. But it also says we are prepared. It says we can not be intimidated by bio-terrorists.
It is an emergency unit. But sets a new standard for hospitals to sanitize bio-hazard waste instead of releasing it into municipal sewer systems, today's common practice.
There has been concern that health workers may refuse to show up for work if adequate safety provisions are not provided.
The risk of death due to SARS2-Coronavirus is .6%, but the past ebola pandamic and future pandamics that risk was and can be much higher.
Even with a low death rate of the SARS Coronavirus2 killed nearly 600 thousand Americans over the past 18 months. More than 3,600 of those were medical workers. Untold others died because care and procedures in hospitals were minimal or delayed due to the burden of COVID patients.
ALIN's Care + Germ-ContainmentTM units resolve concerns for care-givers and for patients, who might not receive any care if medical staff are not protected properly.
Dr. Matsumura said, “ALIN's germ-containment capsules protect our country and our local communities. It behooves both the National Institute of Health and our country's anti-bio-terrorism unit to stockpile these units for civil defense. ”