ABC Displays has created a cardboard mattress with steel railings that designers say can double as a casket if a affected person dies.
Company supervisor Rodolfo Gmez mentioned he was impressed to discover a means to assist after watching occasions unfold just lately in close by Ecuador.
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Families within the coastal metropolis of Guayaquil waited with lifeless family members of their houses for days final month as COVID-19 circumstances surged. Many couldn’t discover or have been unable to afford a wooden coffin, utilizing donated cardboard ones as a substitute.
Poor households dont have a means of paying for a coffin, Gmez mentioned.
Gmez mentioned he plans to donate 10 of his new beds to Colombias Amazonas division, the place assets are in brief provide. So far there isn’t a indication whether or not the beds might be put to make use of and no orders have been positioned.
The Bogota-based company is often at work on ads however has been largely paralyzed over the past month as Colombia stays on lockdown. The South American nation has reported almost 9,500 confirmed circumstances of the virus.
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The beds can maintain a weight of 330 kilos (150 kilograms) and can value about $85 every, Gmez mentioned. He mentioned he labored with a non-public clinic on the design, which he hopes might be put to make use of in emergency clinics that would possibly change into quick on beds.
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At least one physician was skeptical of how sturdy a cardboard mattress is likely to be. He additionally warned that any corpses ought to first be positioned in a sealed bag earlier than being put in a cardboard coffin to keep away from probably spreading the illness.
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