Not since the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, which cost the lives of 50 million people worldwide, has the United States faced an unprecedented crisis of this magnitude as seen with the outbreak of COVID-19. According to recent data from Johns Hopkins University, over
722,000 confirmed cases and nearly 34,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19 have been reported in the U.S.
With businesses shuttered indefinitely, 43 of the nation’s 50 states under stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, and a staggering 22 million jobs lost over the past four weeks alone3, millions of Americans are faced with an economic and financial catastrophe the likes of which haven’t been seen since The Great Depression almost a century ago.
Yet, as with any crisis this country has faced in its 244-year history, the indomitable spirit of the American people always shines through in ways that propel our nation forward, and to new heights.
As a symbol of American innovation and ingenuity, award-winning designer Julia Daviy and engineer Vitaliy Daviy, founders of Miami-based New Age Lab, have dedicated their Guinness World Record-setting 3D-printed American flag, in honor of the countless men, women, and communities on the frontlines forging a path toward recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because, as President Harry S. Truman once said, “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
According to Dr. Aaron Bernstein, interim director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard University, one possible factor in the spread of pandemics like COVID-19 may be climate change. With the rapid loss of natural habitats due to climate change, animals that have the ability to transmit deadly diseases are coming in contact with humans more often.
“We wanted to attract attention to the opportunities to use 3D-printing and digital fabrication in a sustainable way for the creation of flexible textile-like products and break stereotypes regarding the 3D-printing processes,” Ms. Daviy said.
Given these extraordinary times, looking to the future in the absence of traditional resources that have driven our way of life could very well be what the world needs now.