Apple Working on Face Shields After Sourcing Millions of Masks for Medical Workers (Video)
After sourcing 20 million face masks, Apple has started on designing face shields for medical professionals fighting against COVID-19.
The tech giant face shields are being developed in partnership with Apple’s product designers, engineers and operations and packaging teams and are currently being shipped around the country.
"Our first shipment was delivered to Kaiser hospital facilities in Santa Clara Valley this past week, and the feedback was very positive," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a video posted to Twitter this week. "We're sourcing materials and manufacturing in US and China. We plan to ship over one million by the end of this week, and over one million per week after that."
The face shield, which was explained in detail on Apple's website, comes in three parts — forehead band, face shield and silicone strip — and must be assembled, which takes less than two minutes.
The face shields protect medical professionals from fluids that may contain coronavirus. However, they do not have the ability to filter out particles and they should be worn with a face mask and another protective clothing, according to an Apple disclaimer.
The company has also donated to Chef Jose Andres’s World Central Kitchen and Feeding America.
"We can only overcome this crisis if we make sure that every person has the essentials they need to care for themselves, their families and the vulnerable people in their lives," Cook wrote on Twitter in announcing his support to the charities.
Tech companies like Twitter and Google are also contributing to COVID-19 relief efforts.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced this week that he is using $1 billion of his own wealth to create an LLC that will fund global COVID-19 relief, while Google put together an $800 billion COVID-19 relief package, mostly focusing on free advertising for health organizations and small businesses.
Additionally, the World Health Organization has been given $250 million in free advertising and $50 million in donations from Google.
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