Do Epidemics Really Spur Innovation? #infographic

Do Epidemics Really Spur Innovation? #infographic

You can be shocked to find that there is great creativity taking place between both the sick and the dying. Not only that, we may soon see a increase in previously overlooked modes of living as well as social make-up if history is any indication.

Although an estimated 45,000 ventilators are still in short supply, hope from innovation may be closer. An anesthesiologist at the University of Minnesota Dr. Steve Richardson engineered a simpler, less costly ventilator. Now with the FDA's expedited approval, in just 3 weeks, the latest concept could be manufactured by the thousands.

Meanwhile, in Italy, a 3D printing company of all industries was able to print new valves while hospitals were running out of ventilator valves. Isinnova, the original valves cost $10,000, and printed them at a rate of $1 per valve. Bravo, bravo!

Although today's silver innovation lining is uncovered, what can be learnt from the past as well? The Boston Smallpox Outbreak took 850 lives in 1721, and infected 11,000 people. The use of variolation increased during the virulent epidemic, gradually contributing to the production of successful vaccines.

In a newspaper, James Franklin shared his anti-inoculation point of view, inspiring publishers to print articles about politics, local affairs, humor and satire. Ironically, this has contributed to the creation of the first independent newspaper in the U.S. However you want to look at it, one thing is for sure, when we get out of our homes the world will be a little different.

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Do Epidemics Really Spur Innovation? #infographic

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