For Release Immediately February 26, 2020
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- Berkeley researchers announced today that they are making available germ-containment enclosures that infectious patients can be placed in while receiving medical attention. In this way, doctors and nurses do not risk exposure to the virus. Chinese government announced this week 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.
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 comfortably reside while being treated by health care workers. The workers are able to reach inside the capsule using long-armed gloves to start intravenous fluids, give nourishment, catheterize bladder, or intubate in case of respiratory failure. However, medics do not have to wear hazmat suits to protect themselves. ALIN's Care + Germ-ContainmentTM capsule design sterilizes all air, bio-hazard, and care-giving waste that contacted the infected patient before it re-enters the surrounding environment.
Dr. Matsumura showed the germ-containment unit to reporters this morning at a press conference. The unit interior is 12 feet long, 7 feet high and wide enough for hospital bed that can be put in various positions. The patient can also stand and walk a few steps away from the bed. The air flow and temperature remain consistently comfortable to reduce stress.
Currently patients are being treated by medics wearing heavy hazmat suits that take an hour to don, that can get so hot health workers can only endure them for a few hours. Removing the suits dramatically increases the risk of catching the infection while adding to the volume of bio-hazard waste. The US National Institute of Health reported when an ebola patient arrived in the united states that a major problem was the accumulation of contaminated care-giving waste which filled 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. For that tenuous 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 and can not be intimidated by bio-terrorists. It is an emergency unit, but it also sets a new standard for hospitals to sanitize bio-hazard waste instead of releasing it into municipal sewer systems as is the common practice today.
There has been concern that health workers may refuse to show up for work if adequate provisions are not provided to prevent them from catching the infection. 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. ”