Companies join coronavirus fight by helping health care workers

10,000 Scrubs Per Month Made Available To Healthcare Professionals For Duration Of Pandemic Crisis

From distilleries to makeup manufacturers, companies across the nation have shifted operations to support health care workers in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

As the world faces a shortage in critical medical supplies created by the rapidly spreading virus, businesses have launched efforts to donate supplies from ventilators, respirators, masks to hand sanitizer. Other companies have taken the initiative to manufacture their own products.

Here are some of the companies that have pledged support to those on the front lines of this fight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A health care worker with the UNLV School of Medicine tests a patient for the coronavirus at a drive-thru testing site Tuesday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

7-Eleven

The company has donated a million masks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the medical community to use while fighting the pandemic. However, before donating to FEMA, the company allocated masks to all its stores and franchisees so employees can safely serve customers.

“7-Eleven is a brand that cares deeply about the people and communities in which we operate, particularly the first responders and the medical community who put their lives on the line for us every day,” said 7-Eleven CEO Joe DePinto. “When we heard shortages of masks were becoming a serious issue in hospitals, we felt it was our responsibility to respond and help.”

Apple

Apple has sourced and is donating 10 million masks to the medical community across the United States and the hardest-hit areas in Europe, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Twitter.

“These people deserve our debt of gratitude for all of the work they are doing on the front lines,” he said. “It’s in these toughest times that we show our greatest strength and I know that we will rise to the occasion.”

The company also raised $15 million worldwide “to help treat those who are sick and to help lessen the economic and community impacts of the pandemic,” Apple said.

The company is also matching employee donations two-to-one to support the company’s COVID-19 response efforts.

Barco

The health care apparel company is donating 10,000 scrubs each month for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic to professionals on the front lines.

“We are launching our scrub donation program to show our sincere thanks and demonstrate our immense gratitude to Healthcare professionals all over the country, all of whom have been so heroic in the fight against this pandemic,” Barco’s CEO David Murphy said. “We are here to support the Healthcare workers as they take care of all of us.”

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