1. Various of Christian Viviers demonstrating modified GantGuard product on mannequin
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Viviers, CEO, Gant Medical:
"What we did is we increased the neck portion that has to be removed, allowing to be able to wrap just under the eye protection, going around, covering the ears, the side of the mask and the wrap over the head."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Viviers, CEO, Gant Medical:
"It's not a mask, it's it's an additional layer of protection to potentially extend a life of mask and give additional coverage."
4. Close of Viviers scrolling through text from doctor at local hospital
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Viviers, CEO, Gant Medical:
"Doctors have been texting that this is a great idea. This is a product that they need to allow more coverage and to extend the life of their mask in a way."
6. Wide of Viviers walking around production equipment
7. Close of machines in production facility
8. Close of Viviers working at computer
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Viviers, CEO, Gant Medical:
"If we don't have doctors and nurses, who's going to take care of us when we're sick? So that's that, that's what triggered really in my mind that push to run here and start doing some modification and to test something to come out with something to help. It's tragic when when we get to that point and you see how it's going everywhere, all over the world, and especially Italy, you see hospitals where they're half uncovered and it's pretty drastic. And doctors are dying and nurses are dying."
10. Various of modified GantGuard rolls
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Christian Viviers, CEO, Gant Medical:
"So we've shipped, expedited shipping for California, New York, all over the states. We are talking to FEMA at this point, which we're about to understand what's going to be the volume for FEMA today or tomorrow."
Christian Viviers was incredulous when he heard that doctors and nurses around the world were resorting to using scarves and bandanas for protection amid the mask shortage brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.
He said he drove straight to his Alpharetta, Georgia office to modify his company's product, called GantGuard, in hopes that it would extend the life of masks so health care professionals could use them for longer.
"If we don't have doctors and nurses, who's going to take care of us when we're sick?" he said. "It's tragic when we get to that point and you see how it's going everywhere, all over the world, and especially Italy, you see hospitals where they're half uncovered and it's pretty drastic. And doctors are dying and nurses are dying."
Gant Medical has produced single-use surgical and dental bibs for about a year. Viviers said the product cuts down on cross-contamination between patients.
The company has recently modified the adhesive bibs to be able to wrap around the user's head, protecting the mask underneath, as well as the entire face and neck area.
That way, doctors can discard the GantGuards as needed and use their masks for longer.
Viviers is first to clarify that this is not intended to replace masks or other personal protective equipment, but to supplement it.
Local hospitals and mobile sites testing patients for the virus, as well as hospitals in California and New York, have received the product to try it out.
Viviers said he's also in touch with members from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 panel and the Federal Emergency Management Agency about distribution.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.