Do Epidemics Really Spur Innovation? #infographic

Do Epidemics Really Spur Innovation? #infographic

You may be surprised to find that there is great ingenuity between the sick and the dying alike. Not only that, if history is any indication, we may soon see an rise in historically ignored modes of living as well as social structure.

Even though an estimated 45,000 ventilators are still in short supply, there could be closer hope from innovation. Dr Steve Richardson, an anesthesiologist at the University of Minnesota, designed a simpler, less expensive ventilator. Now with the FDA's expedited approval, the new design could be developed by the thousands in just three weeks.
In Italy, meanwhile, a 3D printing business from all sectors has been able to print new valves as hospitals run out of ventilator valves. Isinnova, the original valves cost $10,000, and were printed at $1 per valve. Farewell, bravo!

Although the silver lining of today's invention is revealed, what can be learned from the past? In 1721, the Boston Smallpox Outbreak took 850 lives and killed 11,000 people. During the virulent outbreak the use of variolation increased, slowly leading to the development of effective vaccines.
James Franklin shared his anti-inoculation perspective in a newspaper and encouraged publishers to print stories about politics, local affairs, humor and satire. Ironically, this has helped create the first independent US newspaper. However you want to look at it, one thing is for sure, the world will be a little different when we get out of our homes.

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