Apple are developing face shields to help protect health workers from coronavirus (COVID-19).
Apple is planning to design and manufacture face shields to protect health care workers who are at risk of contracting the deadly COVID-19 throughout the current pandemic.
CEO posted a video on Twitter on Sunday pledging that Apple are going to do everything they can to help out not just in the United States but globally.
He said that for Apple “this is a labour of love and gratitude”. To reflect this Apple are increasing the number of masks they are donating to 20 million, which is double the amount they previously promised.
The first of Apple’s face shields arrived at Kaiser Permanente hospital facilities in Santa Clara Valley, California, last week.
Each shield is said to assemble in less than two minutes, and they are also fully adjustable. Feedback from doctors has apparently been positive so far. Apple says that they are also planning to expand this endeavour beyond the US.
Cooke said apple has already sourced he promised 20 million through their supply chain and they are using all their available resources in order to work with suppliers on the design, production and shipping of face shields to help protect medical workers.
Apple are working closely with medical professionals and government officials across the US “to get these face shields to where they’re needed most urgently” Cooke promised.
Apple are planning to distribute 1 million face shields by the end of this week and 1 million every week after that. Cooke has said that the sourcing and manufacturing of the materials is being carried out in the United State and China.
March 25, they promised they would be donating 10 million face masks to health workers in the US but now this number has to 20 million.
The company also recently launched an app to keep the public updated with the latest COVID-19 information and they have also pledged to donate $15 million to relief efforts.
Other Companies Efforts
Google and Facebook have also put together efforts to help throughout the pandemic.
Google launched a mobility report that uses “aggregate anonymized data” from apps such as Google Maps in order to collect data on how the movement of individuals has changed since people have been urged to stay home.
This is to help public health officials gain a better understanding of how seriously the public are treating social distancing guidelines.
Not only this but they are grouping key information from the World Health Organization (WHO) together and placing it on search result pages so that anyone searching ‘coronavirus’ can find all the accurate reliable sources they need. Usually what ranks is decided by an algorithm, but they are grouping this information manually to make sure users find the right information as opposed to that which has been best optimised for search engines.
Facebook has set out to debunk misinformation relating to the virus. A large amount of fake news and misleading claims have been shared. They have said in retaliation their fact-checkers are flagging posts for being inaccurate and in some cases removing them.