This situation sucks. There seems to be an easy solution, though. All of you healthy, probably-not-carriers should go and do the following:
Go buy this totally legit medical
If you’re feeling snazzy, consider making your own mask or bring a DIY ventilator with you.
Find your nearest medical-type facility.
Walk inside, pretend you know what you’re doing, and start performing medicine.
Alright, calm down. Now that I have your attention…
Please, from the bottom of my heart, stop posting this junk. I know it comes from a good place. You want to help people. But let’s be honest: no FRC team is equipped to produce necessary medical supplies. Even if you could, most of you probably couldn’t even get into your shops.
The “it’s better than nothing” argument is nonsense. Devices which function as intended 99-100% of the time cannot afford even a 98% success rate. A bad mask provides a false sense of security. I don’t even want to get into what would happen if a ventilator didn’t behave as intended (read: other threads, malpractice case files).
The “this would be fine if it weren’t for the pesky government” argument is laughable. Whatever you think about the government and their response to COVID-19, you should acknowledge the efficacy of medical regulation in this country. Standards have been lowered in some arenas to get products through faster, but those standards are not low enough that anything you do will be acceptable. Even if you don’t like the heads of the agencies or whatever, the career civil servants and medical professionals working day-to-day at the CDC, NIH, and other agencies have mostly been doing this for a very long time. Their funding might be hampered by the federal government, but they are certainly working as productivity as they can within funding constraints, etc.
The “I need something to do” argument is my least favorite. I also need something to do (as should be evident by this post ). That being said, check out:
- Thread - Helpful Projects You Can Contribute to to Pass the Time
- WaPo - How you can held during the coronavirus outbreak
- NYT - How to Help Victims of the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Addicting Games - The Impossible Quiz
If you don’t agree with me, that’s fine. Just look how many of these types of threads have been closed or devolved into circular arguments.
Even if you don’t agree with me, though, I implore you, please stop posting things which aren’t true or have bad medical advice. If you think people won’t take you seriously so it doesn’t matter what you say, remember, every team has that one kid who believes everything they read on the internet. Fact check your posts, for the sake of the worst kid on your team, and every team.