Ford is now doing its part in alleviating the need for respirators, as well as creating face shields for healthcare workers.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and the employees at Ford are doing their part to assist healthcare workers and emergency services professionals with respirators—all with the technology used in Ford F-150s. In partnership with 3M, these battery-powered respirators are made with the fans that are used to circulate air in the truck's seats and 3M HEPA filters. While the device is still in prototype, Ford is looking at the option of assembling these respirators at the same plant where they create the brake pads for the Mustang Shelby GT500.

Along with the manufacturing of respirators, Ford is also churning out face shields for medical personnel at the rate of 100,000 units per week by the end of March.

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Despite being an automotive manufacturer, Ford has stepped up to satisfy a need required by so many individuals during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. If anything, this goes to show that all industries, medical or not, can assist in doing their part to help those on the front lines of assisting the sick.