Apple is leading the way with its response to the coronavirus epidemic. The company was one of the first tech companies to shut down its corporate offices and retail stores. Even though it's taking a hit financially, Apple still is using its wealth and influence to support relief efforts around the world. Everything from food to face shields, Apple has been doing its part to help. Continue reading to browse five great things the company is doing now to fight the coronavirus.
Making Sure Food Is on the Table
Apple is one of several companies and celebrities who have donated up to $12 million to kick-off America's Food Fund. The fund will support the efforts of World Central Kitchen and Food America. Both organizations are working to distribute meals to those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Supporting Global and Local Relief Efforts
Apple has donated more than $15 million to COVID-19 relief efforts worldwide, including organizations in the US, China, Italy, and other parts of Europe that have been hard hit by the virus. The company also is giving money locally to help Silicon Valley citizens and businesses. When employees give money to a COVID-19 response effort, Apple is matching that donation two-to-one.
Designing and Manufacturing Face Shields
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently announced that the company has designed and is producing face shields for medical staff. The company can make up to 1 million masks per week and can ship them in boxes with 100 masks each. Early reports from doctors in the Santa Clara area were positive, reports Cook.
Obtaining Critical Medical Masks
Apple is using its manufacturing connections to acquire medical masks for healthcare workers. Tim Cook recently said the company has been able to obtain more than "10 million masks for the US and millions more for Europe."