A. According to The New York Times there are about 160,000 ventilators in hospitals around the country and the federal government has a stockpile of 12,700 for emergencies. If many, many people continue to get seriously ill from COVID-19, some experts predict there won’t be enough ventilators to help everyone.

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Ford, in cooperation with the UAW, will assemble more than 100,000 critically needed plastic face shields per week at a Ford manufacturing site to help medical professionals, factory workers and store clerks. In addition, Ford is also working with 3M to increase production of Powered Air-Purifying Respirators for healthcare workers and GE to expand production of a simplified version of GE Healthcare’s existing ventilator design to support patients with difficulty breathing.

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