NEWS: LA Startup Created Isolation Pods To Temporarily Isolate the Homeless During the Coronavirus Pandemic

A new company created to ensure safe distancing for coronavirus patients in the ICU has now created isolation pods for the homeless as well.

Agile Medical Systems, with HQ in LA, is the brainchild of entrepreneur Jeremiah Adler, (CEO), and his father, Michael Adler, a former flight surgeon for the U.S. Air Force.

Jeremiah Adler told OCSN that the emergency housing units are stackable and that they have two to three times the capacity of emergency shelters. But they are not an alternative for permanent housing for the homeless, just a temporary measure during this pandemic. The homeless demographic has been one of the most affected.

The pods also can be used for medical workers and first responders who need rest, as well as for victims of natural disasters. The air in these units are filtered with HEPA filters.

They will ultimately be deployed in areas other than LA, like OC.

After backlash to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent order for some motels to house the homeless during the coronavirus quarantine, Adler and his dad sprung into action.

Jeremiah Adler is also the founder of Upstart, which launched in LA in 2016, to provide super-affordable communal housing to young creatives moving to LA from all over the world. Those use Japanese-style sleeping pods in houses spread out across the city.

Some of the young creatives living in the several Upstart communal houses have been condensed into just a few houses, due to the cororonavirus, but they’re still there, in close quarters.

OCSN is looking into how co-living, in the Upstart houses and others like them, is being affected by the coronavirus. And, will publish an article on that in the future.

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Deirdre Newman is a long-time journalist, who's covered OC startups for a few years.

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