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New approaches and innovations for staying safe during pandemic


Our mission at Left Coast Engineering is to make inventions.  But more and more, each day, we see so many different inventions happening in our daily lives.  Folks creating their own masks and protective equipment, homegrown ventilators and new treatments aimed at the risks of COVID-19.  Innovation is happening right here in our backyard in the San Diego area.  New techniques and approaches are causing pause for thought, for big and small efforts.  Sometimes just the simple daily tasks take some reinventing.

Just recently, our neighbor who works in administration at Palomar College, was talking about how they are having to strategize how to get their mail from work. while working from home.  He explained how some of the student paperwork requires multiple wet signatures and that was taking some planning to implement without exposing each other.   These are things we are having to think about for the first time.

We continue to socially distance at LCE, switching off staffing our building, with a priority on creating safe working space and “building hygiene” for staff safety.  We are thankful to be able to maintain the progress and commitment on our R&D and product build projects, especially in the DOD and medical applications. In these new times, our team has definitely have seen an uptick in folks coming to us through the virtual front door, with new R&D ideas to tackle issues with COVID-19. 

As a small business, my favorite new approach is to plug in to the MANY online talks and webinars on strategies and new programs. This is allowing Left Coast Engineering to explore and make new connections that support new technology development to help in this COVID-19 fight. To us, electronics are electronics…meaning that we are able to develop and improve technologies in any of the commercial, industrial, government or medical arenas. 

While we continue to take precautionary measures to ensure compliance to the recommended guidelines and social distancing, we urge you to do the same. 

Some tips for you as you manage these changing times:

  • As you receive packages and shop in stores, consider using the bleach/alcohol wipes to clean everything off before storing including your reusable shopping bags (which most stores do not allow you to bring in now); Wipe off the surface that you unpacked your packages on, since the virus can last 24 hours on cardboard and on plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours.
  • Make a bleach spray in a spray bottle with 4 t. of bleach to 1 quart of water and spray your mail and packages, also money. They will dry within an hour or two.
  • In your email, thoroughly check who is sending the information and don’t utilize a simple link or QR code for a new app. Review the app through Google Play or the Apple Store which screens app safety. Use extra caution to watch out for emails and links that are leading to untrusted sites and ransomware. 
  • Consider telemedicine if you are not feeling well – check with your provider to learn the steps before you need it.
  • and wipe, wipe, wash, wash.
  • Finally, look up one of my favorite videos – Mel Brooks and his son, Max Brooks with their PSA on social distancing for some perspective!

Here in SoCal, it is required to wear masks when out, within 6 feet of others.  We are expecting another heat wave and according to William N. Bryan, the acting undersecretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security, summer heat and humidity may be on our side. He also shared tests that showed the effectiveness of different types of disinfectants.  Their data showed how bleach, alcohol and sunlight could kill the coronavirus on surfaces.  Bryan said bleach killed the virus in about five minutes and isopropyl alcohol killed it in 30 seconds. In tests, sunlight and high temperatures also appeared to shorten the virus’s life on surfaces and in the air.

The CDC recently has released a new list of validated symptoms to watch for with COVID-19:

  •    Fever, Cough, Sore throat
  •    Shortness of breath, Chills
  •    Shaking, Muscle Pain, Headaches
  •    Loss of Taste or Smell

Stay safe, keep washing your hands and sanitizing those surfaces. LCE is here when you need us; let’s help each other however we can!

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