Tech Billionaires Including Tim Cook, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg Promised 18 Million Masks to Fight COVID-19 – Entrepreneur

Tech Billionaires Including Tim Cook, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg Promised 18 Million Masks to Fight COVID-19 – Entrepreneur

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This weekend saw a flurry in Silicon Valley CEOs promising their companies would donate masks to healthcare workers.An N95 respiration mask. March 23, 2020 5 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider
Tech billionaires are jostling to donate protective masks. Over the weekend a flurry of tech CEOs including Apple's Tim Cook, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, and Tesla's Elon Musk promised to deliver millions of masks to healthcare workers working on the front line to fight against the coronavirus. Panic buying means masks are in short supply even for hospital staff, so much so tha the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last week that as a last resort healthcare workers should use a bandana or scarf. The World Health Organization cautions that members of the public do not need to wear masks unless they are caring for someone who has contracted COVID-19, and warns that they are ony effective if put on and removed properly. Here are the tech billionaires who have promised to donate masks: Apple — minimum 2 million masks Apple CEO Tim Cook. Image credit: REUTERS/Edgar Su Apple CEO TIm Cook announced on Saturday that Apple will be donating "millions" of masks to health workers ....


Less onerous masks are better most of the time, " said Musk. We’ll try to get & deliver as many as possible. N95 masks are a pain to wear btw. Less onerous masks are better most of the time. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 23, 2020 On Sunday a researcher at the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) also received 50, 000 masks from Elon Musk,  The Seattle Times reports. Musk has also promised that Tesla and SpaceX will dedicate resources to manufacturing ventilators for hospitals, although Musk has simultaneously shown disbelief that there will be any shortage of the machines. Musk told CleanTechnica however that the companies: "should have over 1000 ventilators by next week." Salesforce — 5 million masks and protective kit Image credit: REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff tweeted Sunday that Salesforce had already donated 9, 000 masks to the University of California Medical Center, and is working on distributing a total of 5 million masks this week plus extra protective equipment. Thank you to our Ohana for delivering our first 9000 masks to UCSF. We are working hard across all of our resources & relationships to deliver an additional 5 million masks this week ....

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