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Colombia: Biodegradable cardboard beds built for Bogota hospitals04:03

Colombia: Biodegradable cardboard beds built for Bogota hospitals

Colombia, Bogota
May 5, 2020 at 12:51 GMT -00:00 · Published

In the face of the collapse of the health system during the coronavirus crisis, there is no lack of initiatives to meet the needs of hospitals and health centres. A Colombian company has developed ecological hospital beds made of cardboard and 100 percent biodegradable, as shown in footage filmed on Monday in Bogota.

"They are biodegradable, they decompose in less than two years. According to the research we have, COVID-19 does not survive more than 24 hours on the cardboard material, unlike plastic and metal that can last up to three days after the virus dies," explained Rodolfo Gomez, general manager of ABC Displays, the company that developed the cardboard design.

The footage shows workers assembling one of the cardboard beds with a capacity of up to 150kg.

If the patient does not survive, the bed becomes a coffin.

The company plans to produce 3,000 cardboard beds per month, which cost four times less than a standard hospital bed, according to the manager of the company.

Colombia has recorded 7,973 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 358 related deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

Colombia: Biodegradable cardboard beds built for Bogota hospitals04:03
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In the face of the collapse of the health system during the coronavirus crisis, there is no lack of initiatives to meet the needs of hospitals and health centres. A Colombian company has developed ecological hospital beds made of cardboard and 100 percent biodegradable, as shown in footage filmed on Monday in Bogota.

"They are biodegradable, they decompose in less than two years. According to the research we have, COVID-19 does not survive more than 24 hours on the cardboard material, unlike plastic and metal that can last up to three days after the virus dies," explained Rodolfo Gomez, general manager of ABC Displays, the company that developed the cardboard design.

The footage shows workers assembling one of the cardboard beds with a capacity of up to 150kg.

If the patient does not survive, the bed becomes a coffin.

The company plans to produce 3,000 cardboard beds per month, which cost four times less than a standard hospital bed, according to the manager of the company.

Colombia has recorded 7,973 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 358 related deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

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