Ebola may not be as popular of a topic as it was a few months ago but the threat is still very real. That’s why Google has, at the request of French organization Médecins Sans Frontières, designed a new tablet that allows doctors to use the incredibly useful gadgets that they’ve been denied due to the nature of highly contagious diseases like Ebola.
Jay Achar was treating Ebola patients at a makeshift hospital in Sierra Leone, and he needed more time. This was in September, near the height of the West African Ebola epidemic. Achar was part of a team that traveled to Sierra Leone under the aegis of a European organization called Médecins Sans Frontières, or Doctors Without Borders. In a city called Magburaka, MSF had erected a treatment center that kept patients carefully quarantined, and inside the facility’s high-risk zone, doctors like Archar wore the usual polythene “moon suits,” gloves, face masks, and goggles to protect themselves from infection.