The coronavirus pandemic was a shock to us all, and the devastation it has caused is catastrophic. To make sure everyone can stay protected, more personal protective equipment has been made because for the foreseeable future, we will have to keep ourselves and others protected in order to fight this Covid-19 coronavirus. Many companies have provided equipment during this outbreak and have adapted to the advancements that the virus has been making over the past few months. Here are some of those companies that have had a major impact on the fight against coronavirus.
American PAPR has designed a powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR), which is a piece of PPE that will protect you against contaminated outside air. The differences seen when comparing a PAPR mask to an N95 respirator make buying a PAPR a no brainer. One of the big differences between one of these PAPRs and a normal mask is that these can be used for up to a year when they are cleaned and looked after properly, whereas most regular masks are only for single use. The people at American PAPR have a fantastic scheme where for every 20 PAPRs sold, one is donated to a medical worker who is in need of one. This is a great example of a company that has realized the severity of this coronavirus pandemic and is not only providing to the general public but donating to and helping the health workers who are in need.
Pernod Ricard is a company that produces alcoholic beverages. They are mainly based in France but have a distillery in America too that produces whiskey in Arkansas. They make three different types of whiskey, Rabbit Hole (Kentucky), Smooth Ambler (West Virginia) and TX Whiskey (Texas). Pernod Ricard donated 70,000 liters of pure alcohol in order to cover some of the shortages of hand sanitizer that the world was experiencing. This is also another great example of a company that isn’t necessarily healthcare-related but is recognizing a crisis and doing everything they can do to help out.
Feeding America is a non-profit company that feeds people who are suffering and cannot afford food. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, they opened a COVID-19 response fund, which meant that they could feed everyone visiting the food banks, give them long-lasting food and purchase safety equipment. On their website, they explain that 4 out of 10 people visiting the food banks had not received food assistance before the pandemic started. The amount of people that are going hungry through such an awful time is so saddening, but Feeding America still continued helping others by working through the pandemic to supply food to the people who desperately needed it.
T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and iHeartMedia
These companies collaborated with each other and managed to donate almost 40,000 phone chargers to people who had to stay in hospital and couldn’t see their loved ones face to face. By donating these phone chargers, patients could finally talk to their families and friends again via video, message, and phone calls. This is such a heart-warming and personal way to help others through such a scary time.
There are many more companies that donated huge amounts of not just money, but equipment to those who really needed it. People were even coming together and sewing handmade masks for locals. By no means are we out of this pandemic, and it is still a very uncertain time for everyone. It is, however, a relief to know that companies are finding compassion and are willing to help.