So I keep hearing ideas thrown around as to what to do if the hospitals get overwhelmed with COVID19 patients; things like coverting hotels, convention centers, airports into makeshift hospitals and stuff.
Here's the thing; I've worked in biotech (big and small) for years and I know for a fact that there are small-to-mid-size biopharma facilities all over the world that are mostly laying idle as they slowly try to claw their way into the market.
Places with several thousand square feet of sterile cleanrooms, reusable sterile gowning and powered air-purifying respirators, and multiple levels of decon (including fogging showers) for degowning. These would seem ideal for treating the severely infectious or severely immunocompromised.
These places also have lots of R&D and QC labs; that would seem ideal for diagnostics.
Places that have large industrial washers, autoclaves and ethylene oxide chambers for bulk-sterilization.
Moreover, the standards and practices at these facilities are often far higher than what state/local governments demand of healthcare facilities (GMP, FDA-audited, ISO-accredited, etc.)
Seriously, has anyone actually considered and proposed requisitioning these facilities should COVID19 (or any future pandemic) really start to spiral out of control?
What challenges/disadvantages could there be to converting a small biotech company's sterile/aseptic-processing plant into a makeshift hospital?
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