The billionaire Elon Musk ventilator donated to the New York hospital system (USA) is not only useless to patients with Covid-19 but also dangerous to death.
According to The Week, a few weeks ago, when the Covid-19 epidemic broke out in the US, Elon Musk described the epidemic panic as “stupid”. By the beginning of this week, the owner of electric car company Tesla announced: “owns 1,000 ventilators certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)”.
The SpaceX founder donated 40 machines to hospitals in New York City, the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States.
However, these ventilators are not powerful enough for use in the intensive care unit (ICU). Recently, health officials in New York warned that using Elon Musk’s devices with Covid-19 patients is dangerous because they can spread the virus.
In fact, 40 Tesla CEO ventilators purchased and donated to New York hospitals are BiPAP, two-stage non-invasive ventilators made by ResMed. Later, ResMed CEO Mick Farrell confirmed Elon Musk bought 1,000 BiPAP machines.
However, New York hospitals need stronger breathing machines than BiPAP. This product is only used to treat sleep apnea, not suitable for Covid-19 patients.
Even many physicians do not call this machine a “ventilator.” According to NPR, New York health experts warn even this device could have contributed to the spread of the new strain of coronavirus in a nursing home. outside of Seattle, which is considered the first outbreak in the US.
“This device can increase the spread of infectious disease through aerosol in the device,” NPR quoted a medical expert as saying. Health officials from King County, Washington State as well as the Doctors Association American anesthetics recommend not to use this device on Covid-19 patients.
Source: Zing News, The Week