During this nightmare COVOD-19 pandemic, people all around the world have either been left without work or they have been completely overworked... especially people who work in hospitals.

Healthcare workers are under a huge amount of strain, but thankfully, Italian engineers are on hand to help.

Keep scrolling to learn about the emergency ventilators that have been made to help hospitals...

The world is facing very turbulent times right now.

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COVID-19 has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.

The virus primarily affects the respiratory system.

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And common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. But for patients who are elderly and have existing health issues, the virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

More than 300,000 people all over the world have now been infected with the virus...

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360,824 to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 15,495 more have been reported to have died from the illness.

It only took a month for the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency...

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Which was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.

But these attempts were to little avail.

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Because, fast forward 3 months, and nearly every major country in the world has been infected by the virus, with some of the worst affected being Japan, South Korea, Russia, Italy, the United Kingdom, Iran, and Spain.

World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...

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And many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.

Italy has gone into total lockdown...

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Leaving their streets completely deserted.

Italy is now the most affected country next to China...

Nobody is allowed to enter the country and residents have been urged to remain in their homes at all times.

The situation in the country right now is severe...

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Right now, 5,476 people in Italy have died from the virus... which goes to show the terrifying speed of which it is spreading.

Hospitals in Italy are buckling under the pressure...

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But thankfully for them, engineers have been working on some remarkable solutions to keeping these hospitals supplied.

It all started with a snorkeling mask...

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Engineers from a Brescia-based startup firm are making ventilators out of snorkeling masks and fitting them with 3D-printed respiratory valves in an inventive plan to keep the hospitals supplied.

They are being offered to hospitals in the region of Lombardy free of charge...

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The crucial part of the equipment is the 3D-printed "Venturi valve," a device named after 18th-century physicist Giovanni Battista Venturi which connects the mask to an oxygen tube.

Hospitals in the region are already running short of ventilators...

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The company is gearing up to make 100 of the chess piece-like valves per day and hand them out to medics who are trying to bring the crisis under control.

The demand for these types of valves is insanely high.

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Cristian Fracassi, the founder of the startup firm Isinnova, offered his company's services after hearing about the valve shortage by word of mouth. Speaking to The Daily Mail, he said, "We were told the hospital was desperately looking for more valves. They're called Venturi valves and are impossible to find at the moment, production can't keep up with demand."

The valves connect oxygen masks to respirators used by coronavirus patients suffering from respiratory complications...

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Which is one of the most common and most severe symptoms of the virus.

Although the specialist masks and ventilators are currently in short supply...

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Engineers hope to combine the valves with more plentiful equipment such as diving gear and gas masks.

This is a step in the right direction...

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And we hope that, eventually, this crisis will be kept under control. Make sure to keep scrolling to learn about how Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the coronavirus...