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Apple will be shipping 1 million face shields to medical workers a week

By Aaron Yip - on 8 Apr 2020, 2:11pm

Apple will be shipping 1 million face shields to medical workers a week

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With the Covid-19 pandemic hindering and impeding many private and business operations worldwide, many companies are stepping up to offer what assistance they can to medical workers and the general public. 

Apple is the latest of these "corporate volunteers", and their contribution comes in the form of face masks and face shields for medical workers. According to a Twitter video by Apple CEO Tim Cook, he mentions that not only has the tech giant managed to source over 20 million face masks from suppliers worldwide, but their first batch of disposable face shields was shipped out earlier this week to the Kaiser hospital in the Santa Clara Valley, in the USA.

On top of that, he also explains that Apple has pulled together its design, engineering, operations and packaging teams to supply these pieces of protective gear where they're most needed, with an estimate of 1 million face shields to be shipped worldwide each week. 

In his video, Cook even explains the basic usage of the face shields. It looks somewhat like a welder's mask with a transparent front "plate" and straps that can be adjusted to fit the wearer. The shields can be flat-packed (up to 100 per box) and medical staff can easily assemble them for use in under two minutes. Simple, but effective. 

Other companies such as Razer have also chipped in to help, as the virus continues to spread unchecked in many countries. Currently, the USA, Spain, and Italy are among the hardest hit, with the latter having suffered the most deaths from the outbreak to date. So, stay home, practice social distancing and if all goes well the virus will soon run out of steam.