Countries across the globe are facing unprecedented shortages of healthcare supplies needed to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. Nurses without gowns have started wearing garbage bags. Healthcare workers are running out of masks and have been told to use scarves or bandanas instead. Doctors desperately need ventilators, or machines that help people unable to breathe on their own.
Leaders like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo have been sounding the alarm and a number of businesses are already responding. AdvertisementHere are 13 major companies that have already stepped up to the plate to help meet critical shortages.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the electric car company had bought hundreds of ventilators from China and shipped them to the US.
Dyson will produce 10,000 ventilators for the UK and donate another 5,000.
Apple will donate millions of masks to healthcare workers.
Ford, GE, and 3M are partnering to build ventilators and protective equipment.
Inditex, owner of the retail store Zara, announced that it will donate masks to coronavirus patients and health officials in Spain.
The maker of Absolut Vodka and Jameson Irish Whiskey said it is converting facilities to produce hand sanitizer.
Luxury conglomerate LVMH, the parent company of Louis Vuitton, turned its perfume factories into hand sanitizer manufacturers.
Brandon Maxwell and Christian Siriano are using their staff to make personal protective equipment like face masks and gowns.
Unilever will donate soap and sanitizer to the World Economic Forum's emergency task force.
Prada is making 80,000 hospital gowns and 110,000 masks for healthcare professionals.
Prudential donated over 150,000 N95 respirators and face masks.