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How we are supporting efforts to deal with COVID-19 in the UK

Past IET President, Jeremy Watson has been asked by the UK Government to gather practical and innovative ideas relating to dealing with COVID-19 from the engineering community. Please contribute to this discussion on IET Engineering Communities.

Increased demand for medical supplies and equipment provides an opportunity for the engineering profession and manufacturing sector to contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

The support needed ranges from medical testing equipment and protective equipment for healthcare workers, such as masks, gowns and sanitiser, to transport and logistics for moving goods or people.

Many companies have already responded to the Prime Minister’s call for 3D-printing capabilities to tackle the shortage of ventilators, but the engineering community is ideally placed to do more.

If your business can divert production and resources to support the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, please complete the form on the Governments website.

Over the past few weeks, the UK Parliament has seen a surge in need for access to research expertise on the COVID-19 outbreak. In this rapidly evolving situation, Parliament needs quick access to researchers who can provide expert insights relating to both Coronavirus and its impacts. To speed up the process of Parliament accessing relevant research expertise, they are creating a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database. If you know any researchers who have any expertise relating to the COVID-19 outbreak or its impacts, please encourage them to get in touch with us by email at SEP@theiet.org.

Now that UK schools are now closed, the IET has made its range of free home learning teaching resources and activities for Key Stage 1 and 2 children including lesson plans, handouts and videos freely available. Engage your child and keep them busy and learning about the exciting world of engineering and technology while their school is closed.

Please regularly visit our main social media channels Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn where we will share the Government’s latest updates and requests for support on COVID-19.