SpaceX joins the growing list of companies to manufacture and provide supplies such as face masks and hand sanitizer to hospitals in a bid to fight COVID-19, still popularly known as ‘the coronavirus’
SpaceX has already contributed almost 100 face masks and protective suits to a hospital in California near the company’s headquarters. This came after SpaceX employees received an internal memo announcing that the company’s new initiative was to make and donate these supplies to medical facilities and health care workers.
Elon Musk announced last week on Twitter that he is having his other company, Tesla, build ventilators to combat the virus. He mentioned later that Tesla will soon be starting the production of ventilators at its Gigafactory in Buffalo, New York.
Health Care facilities all over the United States have shortages of essential supplies like face masks and ventilators, as the number of coronavirus cases continue to increase exponentially.
Meanwhile, the US Senate has passed a 2 trillion dollar rescue package that will include most American’s getting a $1200 direct payment in the form of a check. Hopefully, this huge package does something to reinvigorate the stagnated tech industry. The bill also provides four months of extra unemployment benefits, while the spread of the coronavirus curtails or closes many businesses.