The coronavirus crisis is testing modern society severely. On top of the serious impact the effects of COVID-19 can have on individuals, when it comes to treating vast numbers of people it threatens to overwhelm healthcare services.
In the UK last week, prime minister Boris Johnson called for engineering companies to help produce more than 20,000 ventilators - crucial to providing therapeutic relief to people suffering the acute respiratory distress and pneumonic symptoms caused by COVID-19.
More than 60 major businesses and organisations joined Johnson's conference call, which was aimed at engaging them to deploy their resources for the national good in a time of major crisis. Earlier in March, comments made by health secretary Matt Hancock suggested the National Health Service possessed 5000 ventilators.