Can you fix ventilators? A fuel cell engineer figures it out

AP’s One Good Thing for 4/2/2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The COVID-19 outbreak has prompted companies large and small to rethink how they do business. Bloom Energy in San Jose, California, makes hydrogen fuel cells. But recently, they have been refurbishing old ventilators so hospitals can use them to keep coronavirus patients alive. The Society of Critical Care Medicine estimates about 960,000 COVID-19 patients in the U.S. might need a ventilator. But there are only about 200,000 machines available. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is on the hunt for at least 10,000 ventilators. So far, he’s found just over 4,000 of them. Bloom Energy has refurbished 515 ventilators. 

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