This is not deep learning related, but there are a lot of medical experts in this community. This is probing ideas and feasibility.
When people talk about the lack of ventilators, what kind of ventilators are they talking about? New York Gov. Cuomo mentioned the lack in his press conference a few days ago, and John Oliver on Last Week Tonight. This comment on a Hackaday thread clarifies a ‘high-flow nasal cannula NIV’ (non-invasive ventilation).
What are the required functions of a ventilator/cannula? Airflow and Humidification should be relatively simple with material from hardware stores and repurposed electronics. How important is Oxygenation? Apparently medical manufacturing companies use filters and sieves to concentrate O2 instead of chemically producing it.
The motivation is: For local businesses doing emergency manufacturing, could it be feasible to build simple ‘ventilators’?
Thanks Jeremy for the COVID-19 segment of the lecture; I wasn’t aware of the just-in-time manufacturing efforts underway around the world.