Tech 24 – Oxygen scarcity: India gasping for air as Covid-19 instances surge

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On this version, we communicate to Dr Shrikant Raje, the top of a hospital in Hyderabad. He tells us how his hospital is now utilizing oxygen concentrators as an alternative choice to liquid medical oxygen (LMO). This as India battles a lethal second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Amid a crippling scarcity of oxygen in a number of states throughout India, the federal government has arrange a practice to assist ship the life-saving gasoline. Dubbed the Oxygen Specific, it’s travelling by a few of the most hard-hit areas, carrying tankers of liquefied medical oxygen. For the reason that second wave started in early February, India has recorded at the very least 35,000 Covid-19 deaths, however hasn’t stored a report of deaths which are particularly on account of an oxygen scarcity.

We speak to Dr Shrikant Raje, a radiologist and head of a hospital in Hyderabad, about how he’s now utilizing oxygen concentrators as an alternative choice to liquid medical gasoline. He additionally describes the so-called oxygen chain, whereby the life-saving gasoline is manufactured in massive vegetation utilizing cryogenic distillation strategies to compress atmospheric air, then fed into distillation columns to get liquid medical oxygen (LMO). This then must be transported and saved, elevating many challenges alongside the way in which. 

Our tech editor Peter O’Brien additionally tells us about innovators who’re serving to mitigate the disaster in India.

Lastly, we study NFC or near-field communication. You most likely already use it to pay for issues and take public transport, however it has quite a lot of different makes use of as nicely, from combating fires in China to waking you up within the morning.

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