What simply occurred? As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the globe, it is develop into an all-hands-on-deck scenario for company entities. Even tech corporations which have little or no involvement with the medical subject have been chipping in to assist docs, nurses, and hospitals as an entire get by this tough time. Soon, that help will come from Apple, within the type of a donation of a whopping 10 million medical masks.
This information was introduced on Twitter by Apple CEO Tim Cook. The whole quantity of donated masks was initially going to be a lot decrease — round two million in whole, in accordance to info from US Vice President Mike Pence. However, it appears Apple determined to up that determine after realizing simply how excessive the demand for such provides is. Notably, the corporate will even be donating a couple of million extra masks to the hardest-hit areas of Europe.
There could possibly be any variety of causes for Apple’s donation, however it doesn’t matter what, this present will actually be appreciated by medical professionals. As Apple itself says, these persons are nothing wanting “heroes” engaged on the “front lines” of a devastating battle — each day, they threat their very own well being (and probably that of their households) to deal with those that have been struck with Covid-19 (and any variety of different illnesses).
Our groups at Apple have been working to assist supply provides for healthcare suppliers preventing COVID-19. We’re donating tens of millions of masks for well being professionals within the US and Europe. To each one of many heroes on the entrance traces, we thanks.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 21, 2020
Though not foolproof by any means, the medical masks (the as soon as widely-available “N95” respirators) can present some stage of safety towards Covid-19-laden discharge droplets ejected from the mouth or nostril when worn correctly. Perhaps extra importantly, they will additionally assist the sick keep away from spreading their sickness to others.
We do not know precisely how Apple is procuring these masks, however on this case, the top result’s all that issues. Hopefully, these masks will make a small however significant distinction within the lives of tens of millions of healthcare execs, however solely time will inform.