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The UK government has asked the vacuum cleaner company, Dyson, to design and manufacture 10,000 ventilators to help deal with the outbreak in the coming weeks, according to an internal email seen by Reuters. The company’s founder, James Dyson, says in the email:
We have received an initial order of 10,000 units from the UK Government which we will supply on an open-book basis .We are also looking at ways of making it available internationally.
New research suggests that “off label” repurposing of drugs such as hydroxychloroquine could lead to “drug-induced sudden cardiac death”.
A paper by the nonprofit medical organisation the Mayo Clinic found that chloroquine and Kaletra, an HIV drug also being used against coronavirus, can cause the heart muscle to take longer than normal to recharge between beats.