Cornell Veterinarians Donate Masks, Lend Ventilators To Aid COVID-19 Fight

The Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is the latest in a series of veterinary hospitals and teaching institutions stepping up to aid in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Ithaca Journal, the college recently donated more than 1,000 N95 respirator masks, 75 face shields, 250 surgical masks and other personal protective equipment to area hospitals and health departments.

Since the coronavirus outbreak, state leaders and hospitals have noted a nationwide shortage in the equipment needed to protect doctors and nurses on the front lines of the pandemic.

Ventilators, which are needed for the most critically ill COVID-19 patients, are also in short supply. Many projections estimate the need for these machines will far outpace the supply, leading to increased risk of death for many.

Cornell veterinarians are prepared to loan out three ventilators and 19 anesthesia machines, which can be used as ventilators, following an earlier round of machines released to area human hospitals in late March.

Read more at the Ithaca Journal

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