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Atoy Customs converts van into an isolation place

To help a COVID-positive loved one to quarantine safely

This looks like a fun mini RV for an out-of-town road trip. PHOTO FROM ATOY CUSTOMS

As you know, our problem concerning the pandemic is far from over. In fact, the rising number of cases in recent weeks plunged Metro Manila into another round of enhanced community quarantine. Today, as we write this, the Department of Health reported a fresh batch of 8,122 infections.

Predictably—especially if you factor in the incompetence of this country’s leaders—our healthcare system is getting overwhelmed, with hospitals no longer able to accommodate coronavirus patients. The sick are forced to wait for vacant rooms or beds inside cars while parked in the driveway. There are even casualties involving infected individuals isolating in motor vehicles. With medical facilities unable to receive patients these days, what do we do?

Well, Atoy Llave of Atoy Customs has a bright idea: convert a dormant vehicle into a safe place for quarantining oneself.

Does it appear like a mobile quarantine room from the outside? PHOTOS FROM ATOY CUSTOMS

What you see here is a used Suzuki Super Carry that had been hibernating in his company’s garage. When someone he knew turned out to be positive and needed a place to isolate himself, Atoy came up with an instant mobile hospital.

“We removed all unnecessary things inside,” he told us. “Then we furnished it with stuff to make it livable for a COVID-19 patient.”

No, this is not a business concept for Atoy Customs. Llave is just sharing the idea with people who might need a quarantine space but cannot access one right now.

“I just want others to know that there’s a way if they have a spare vehicle that they no longer use,” he added.

Better to stay here than endanger your whole family if you have the virus. PHOTOS FROM ATOY CUSTOMS

According to Llave, his team has three more such vehicles, and they will also convert these into isolation areas to help friends or loved ones who might require a private room to keep their families safe.

Props to the guy. Instead of ranting or complaining on social media, he goes out of his way to assist others in need. Maybe we can learn something from him.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.