A Twitter search for #COVID19 and plastic reveals a diverse range of moments when individuals and organizations leverage polymeric materials in unexpected ways in the ongoing battle against the spread of COVID-19. These intriguing Tweets involve 3D printing, ocean plastics, protective gear, dog toys and more, starting with a mask that makes a clear difference for some.
Plastic’s transparency enables communication.
— Heather Heffner (@heffneh) April 26, 2020
A heartbreaking film.
There is no greater grief in the world than you cannot hug your child directly.
A soldier fighting #Covid19 is forced to hug his child wrapped in a plastic cover.
He has caught the virus while protecting us. Heart melting stories around us.#TheyStayOutForYou#YouStayHomeForThem pic.twitter.com/HI5B2tX7Ld
— Santosh Kumar J (@MPsantoshtrs) April 18, 2020
Ocean plastics are diverted and reused to provide critical protection.
— Elzar Sipin (@ElzarSipin) April 23, 2020
#3Dprinting plays a supportive role including sudden, helpful pivots by large corporations…
In normal times, our global 3D printer network builds vehicle parts for our factories worldwide.
But these are not normal times. That’s why during the #COVID19 pandemic, our 3D printers produce plastic shields that provide a physical barrier to people’s faces. pic.twitter.com/wsFNNvtoUK
— Daimler AG (@Daimler) April 16, 2020
…to individuals pitching in where they live.
“Service before self” is a core value of the @usairforce, and one airman has embodied it during the #COVID19 pandemic. With his neighbor, Ryan Taft is making a piece of plastic that’s making a big difference. https://t.co/vAWRF7Btth pic.twitter.com/hHr3vrqjlb
— Department of Defense (@DeptofDefense) April 22, 2020
The examples on the next page are in a lighter vein.