Article from Reason by Zach Weissmueller.

And yet official channels likely won’t come close to meeting the needs of health care workers, so some technologists are taking matters into their own hands. But will government officials adhere to existing regulations and slow down these efforts? And if mask production increased to serve the entire population, could it hasten the end of the extreme social distancing crippling our economy?

Matt Chisholm is a spokesperson for the Open PPE Project, which is developing a protocol for the production of N95 masks, which experts believe provide fairly reliable protection against COVID-19.

They’re planning to open their own factory in Michigan and to develop a manufacturing blueprint that anyone can use.

“Some of the early challenges we’ve seen are [from] the regulatory state,” says Chisholm.

Read the entire article at Reason.

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