As we head into the last week of July, the numbers that trail behind us as a nation look grim.
“Fatalities nationwide were recorded at 1,118 on Thursday. Deaths were 1,135 on Wednesday and 1,141 on Tuesday.
…The United States on Thursday also passed a total of more than 4 million coronavirus infections since the first U.S. case was documented in January, according to a Reuters tally, reflecting a nationwide escalation of the pandemic.”
Deaths are rising in the US for a second week in a row. While staggering, the rate remains lower than what we witnessed in April when an average of 2,000 people died each day, according to the same Reuters article.
The facts are saddening, and frustrating, too, given how much time has passed since the start of the pandemic. At the same time, it’s finding out about disheartening data such as this that motivates us to do what we do at The Ventilator Project. And this week brings some very good news…
Our AIRA ventilator has now passed all major tests at Intertek.
The next generation of features will be implemented by the firmware team. This is still in the works, so stay tuned.
We’re continuing to recruit respiratory therapists to give us feedback on the practicality of our ventilator’s design. So far, we’re hearing that AIRA’s controls are easy to use! We’ve also gathered almost all the necessary information to prepare for the manufacturing phase.
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This was a huge week for The Ventilator Project: getting through the external testing phase means we’re ready for our submission to the FDA.
Once we have the Emergency Use Authorization to manufacture and distribute our ventilator, we’ll be able to start saving the lives of COVID-19 patients. This is a huge step towards the most important aspect of our mission.
We’ll be continuing to make minor adjustments to the device going forward, but every member of the team at TVP is excited to see their hard work pay off. AIRA is ready to be authorized and start doing what it was made to do.
That’s all for now. Thanks for staying up to date with The Ventilator Project, and we’ll be back next week with another update.
The Ventilator Project Team