The first unit from Carlo Ratti’s CURA project was built at a temporary hospital in Turin, north of Italy, one of the world’s hardest-hit regions by the pandemic. Launched four weeks ago, the initiative to convert shipping containers into plug-in Intensive-Care Pods for COVID-19 patients was assembled at record speed. Installed at a new temporary hospital set up in Turin, the first CURA prototype, created with the sponsorship of UniCredit, started to admit patients on April 19th, 2020. Rapidly mounted, each pod is “as safe as a regular isolation ward, thanks to biocontainment with negative pressure”. With more units under construction around the world, from UAE to Canada, CURA or “Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments” and also “Cure” in Latin, aims to generate an alternative by “producing a compact ICU pod that is quick-to-deploy and safe to work in for medical professionals”.
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