“A ventilator supports a patient who can no longer maintain their own airways, but unfortunately there is currently a significant shortage, both in the UK and other countries around the world,” Dyson wrote.
Dyson said the company had designed and built a brand new fan, called “CoVent”, because he received a call 10 days ago from Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“This new device can be manufactured quickly, efficiently and in volume,” Dyson added, noting that the new fan has been designed to “meet the specific needs” of patients with coronavirus.
“The core challenge was how to design and deliver a new sophisticated medical product in volume and in an extremely short time,” he added. “The race is now about to get it in production.”
Healthcare workers in many parts of the world have problems with sufficiently critical supplies, such as masks, gloves and ventilators, to deal with the influx of patients suffering from the highly contagious virus.