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Apple, Tesla and Facebook Donating “millions” of Masks

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Apple, Tesla and Facebook Donating “millions” of Masks to Healthcare Workers Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Apple inc CEO Tim Cook tweeted Saturday that the firm was donating “millions of face masks for medical workers in America and EU,” to support fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. Cook’s tweet seems to verify a press release previously in the day by V . P . Mike Pence.

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“The president and I literally noticed directly from Apple that they’re giving 2 million industrial face masks to this effort across the country and working with our management to share those,” Pence said at a White House press briefing.

How Apple company was able to purchase the 2 million face masks Pence introduced isn’t clear - The Verge has reached out to the company to find out more.

Throughout the world, face masks are in huge demand, but resources are running very low. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos mentioned in a notice to workers Saturday that “masks continue in limited supply worldwide.”

This company has “placed orders for millions of masks we would like to share with our staff and workers who can't work at home, although hardly any of those order placed are already filled,” Bezos said.

N95 masks are non reusable, close-fitting face masks that could hold virus-laden droplets away from your wearer’s nose and mouth. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) notices that this masks’ strength is “highly based mostly on proper fit and use.”

Pence said Saturday that the Department of Health and Human Services “placed a purchase order for millions of N95 face masks,” with all the purchase managed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

While the face masks were bought from and when they would be supplied wasn’t very clear from Pence’s comments.

The lack of individual protective clothing such as masks has turned into a significant dilemma for healthcare employees, with a few resorting to using less-effective face masks or even not having while healing sufferers, the New York Times published.

Last week, Pence called on construction firms to contribute their safety face masks to medical centers, and to keep from purchasing more.

“Those construction face masks that they use on construction areas are completely suitable for medical care employees to become protected against a respiratory condition,” the vp explained at a briefing on Tuesday.

However ProPublica reports there’s been misunderstandings over how such donations would happen, and the White House hasn’t provided clear information.

On Saturday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, informed journalists in the White House briefing room that it might possibly be “sooner than weeks” for healthcare workers to get fresh equipment of face masks.

“We’re planning to come up with it days to the very best way that we can,” he explained.

Several corporations and people seem to have contributed directly. On Twitter, director Peyton Reed thanked Tesla CEO Elon Musk for donating supplies- “a truckload of PPEs (face masks, apparel, and many others.)” - to a a UCLA Health facility. We reached out to Tesla to verify that Musk was the individual who delivered the donation but haven't heard back.

And Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the business was donating a crisis reserve of 720,000 face masks. “We’re also finding much more to contribute,” he said.
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