Apple Donating Millions of Masks to Healthcare Professionals in U.S. and Europe

Apple plans to donate two million N95 respirator masks to hospitals in the United States, Vice President Mike Pence announced in a press briefing today. Apple has since elaborated on this announcement, noting that it is donating millions of masks for health professionals in the United States and Europe.

With personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies dwindling across the United States, hospitals are in dire need of masks, gowns, and more.

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Apple has taken several initiatives to help combat the spread of COVID-19. It was recently announced that Apple would be closing Apple Stores until further notice and has committed $15 million to date for COVID-19 relief efforts. In addition, Apple Card customers are able to enroll in a program that will allow them to skip March payment without interest. It was also announced on Thursday that Apple has pledged a substantial donation to Italy's first responders and medical personnel.


Update: Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple is donating millions of masks to health professionals in the United States and Europe.

Update 2: Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday said that Apple is donating over 9 million N95 masks to hospitals in the U.S.

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Top Rated Comments

Scottsoapbox Avatar
56 months ago
Great!

But where is Apple getting the 2 million masks?
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
56 months ago
How is this “political?” Is the disease running for office?
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iOS Geek Avatar
56 months ago
Much appreciated, Apple!!! Anything we can get will be a huge help.
People have been stealing our masks :mad:
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
konqerror Avatar
56 months ago

Split into 1000 hospitals, that's 2000 per hospital. Should be enough for a while.
CDC says to change after every patient encounter unless they're unavailable. N95 masks are to be changed every 2-4 hours anyways as they absorb exhaled water and become hard to breathe.

If you have 400 workers in a hospital, using 2 per shift, that's not going to even last 24 hours.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lunarworks Avatar
56 months ago

I wonder why Apple and Google and facebook aren't donating their immense data center cpu/gpu capability to help work on a cure. Heck, it took Google like 2 weeks to even come up with a website. I guess building a website is hard.
IBM's Summit supercomputer found 77 possible compounds that can be used to fight it.

https://newsroom.ibm.com/US-Dept-of-Energy-Brings-the-Worlds-Most-Powerful-Supercomputer-the-IBM-POWER9-based-Summit-Into-the-Fight-Against-COVID-19
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djphat2000 Avatar
56 months ago
Great job Apple! Thank you!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)