FOX Business' Lauren Simonetti breaks down how businesses are stepping up to build ventilators and making supplies more available to the public in order to combat the coronavirus.
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From distilleries to makeup manufacturers, companies across the nation have shifted operations to support health care workers in the fight against thecoronavirus pandemic.
As the world faces a shortage in critical medical supplies created by the rapidly spreading virus, businesses have launched efforts to donate supplies from ventilators, respirators, masks to hand sanitizer. Other companies have taken the initiative to manufacture their own products.
Here are some of thecompanies that have pledged support to those on the front lines of this fight.
A health care worker with the UNLV School of Medicine tests a patient for the coronavirus at a drive-thru testing site Tuesday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Airbnb launched a global initiative to provide health care professionals, relief workers and first responders free or subsidized housing. The company hopes to help house about 100,000 workers on the front lines of the fight against the virus.Airbnb will waive all fees for stays arranged through this initiative, the company announced Thursday.
Medical workers and first responders are providing lifesaving support during the coronavirus outbreak and we want to help, Airbnbs co-founder Joe Gebbia said. Weve heard from countless hosts around the world who want to provide a comforting home to heroic first responders. We are connecting our nonprofit partners, government agencies and others with our incredible host community to work together in these extraordinary times.
Hosts who provide homes will be asked to follow strict cleanliness protocols based on recommendations from medical experts.
The company is also partnering with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Rescue Committee, International Medical Corps and other nonprofit organizations to help support their workers.
Apple has sourced and is donating 10 million masks to the medical community across the United States and the hardest-hit areas in Europe, AppleCEO Tim Cook announced on Twitter.
"These people deserve our debt of gratitude for all of the work they are doing on the front lines," he said. Its in these toughest times that we show our greatest strength and I know that we will rise to the occasion."
The company also raised $15 million worldwide "to help treat those who are sick and to help lessen the economic and community impacts of the pandemic," Apple said.
The company is also matching employee donations two-to-one to support the company's COVID-19 response efforts.
The Armani Group halted operations at its production plants tomanufacturing single-use overalls for health care workers on the front lines. This comes after Giorgio Armani allocated $2.2 million to hospitals in Italy as well as the Italian civil protection agency, Forbes reported.
The health care apparel company is donating10,000 scrubs each month for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic to professionals on the front lines.
"We are launching our scrub donation program to show our sincere thanks and demonstrate our immense gratitude to Healthcare professionals all over the country, all of whom have been so heroic in the fight against this pandemic, Barco's CEO David Murphy said.We are here to support the Healthcare workers as they take care of all of us.
The winter clothing manufacturer is producing gear for frontline workers and patients in Canada. The company will be making suddenly hard-to-find medical supplies such as gowns and scrubs at manufacturing facilities across the country. Production and distribution will begin in Toronto and Winnipeg facilities next week, the company said.
"On behalf of our 5,000+ employees around the world, I want to express our deep gratitude to everyone who is working tirelessly on the frontlines, and our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected," Canada Goose said in a statement.
The company is working to donate 10,000 pairs of shoes a day tothose on the front lines of the battle against the pandemic.The company already hasmore than 40,000 people in line for a pair.
In addition,Crocs is also donating up to 100,000 pairs of shoes to be distributed across select health care facilities and organizations.
Like everyone, weve been closely monitoring the news and working hard to map out a way to most effectively help where we can," CrocsCEO Andrew Rees said. "Over the past week, we have spoken to healthcare workers, their facilities and even their family and friends, and they have specifically asked for our shoes in an effort to provide ease on their feet, as well as ease of mind as they need the ability to easily clean up before they go home to their families."
Delta Air Lines
Delta said it would fly eligible medical volunteers round-trip for free to Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan, and look at expanding free flights to California, New York and Washington.
"We are witnessingthe heroic efforts of ourmedical professionals around the worldas theycombat COVID-19, and we have deep gratitude for their selfless sacrifice," saidBillLentsch,Delta's ChiefCustomer ExperienceOfficer. "Air travel plays a significant role in making connections in both good and challenging times, and our hope is that offering free travel gives more of these professionals the ability to help in critical areas of the U.S."
Eight Oaks Farm Distillery
The family-owned distillery plans converted their operation into a production line for the hand sanitizer. At this time, the Pennsylvania-based distillery is focused on making as much hand sanitizer to support organizations and nonprofits locally.
"The need for sanitizer is critical and even worse than we thought, and while we want to help everyone, supplies are limited and right now our commitment is to our local community and those mission-critical organizations," the company wrote.
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Este Lauder committed to donating 10,000 bottles of hand sanitizer to every week to New York state for the coming weeks, New York Gov.Andrew Cuomo tweeted.
Additionally, the company has also recently pledged to donate $2 million to Doctors Without Borders/Mdecins Sans Frontires as a way to support coronavirus treatment in countries that have been severely affected or lack health care resources, according to a companypress release.
"The Este Lauder Companies is proud to contribute to the broader COVID-19 relief efforts by reopening our Melville manufacturing facility this week to produce hand-sanitizer for high-need groups and populations, including front-line medical staff,"a spokesperson for The Este Lauder Companies told FOX Business. "We are grateful to our employees who have worked tirelessly to make this possible. Compensated, employee volunteers will support this vital, meaningful effort."
The company has shifted from manufacturing uniforms for Major League Baseball to supporting health care workers fighting the pandemic. The company is utilizing its plant in Pennsylvania to produce masks and gowns out of the same jersey fabric that is used to make the uniforms worn by professional baseball players.
The company plans to make 1 million masks and gowns for hospitals and emergency management personnel across Pennsylvania with the goal of extending to New Jersey and New York, Fanaticsfounder and Executive Chairman Micheal Rubin said on Twitter.
"We have approx 100 associates working (extra distanced and in a very clean and safe environment of course)," he wrote in a tweet.
Ford Motor Company
The company is working with 3M andGE Healthcareand the United Auto Workers union to expand the production of critical medical equipment and supplies for health care workers, first respondersand patients fighting the virus.
Using a combination of parts with 3M, Ford is helping to scale production of powered-air purifying respirators. The company is also working with GE to expand the production of ventilators for patients.
Additionally, the company, with the help of the UAW, aims to produce roughly 75,000 face shields this week with plans to ramp up production to 100,000 face shields per week by April.
The company is donating essential appliances to first responders and health care workers on the front lines in partnership with United Way as part of itsGEA4Heroes program.
GE announced Monday asignificant portion of the companys products made over the next two weeks will be donated to health care workers on the front lines who are fighting the rapidly spreading virus.
These appliances will be donated to individual health care workers, firefighters, paramedics and police officers. Firehouses, police stations and hospitals may also receive donations.
These men and women are working around the clock to keep us safe. Were relying on them, and they are relying on us and the products we make to keep their families safe and fed, GE AppliancesCEO Kevin Nolan said. Appliances are essential right now to help keep food and medicine safe, laundry and dishes sanitized, and food prepared forfamilies.Our country needs us now more than ever before and its essential that we take care of our fellow Americans, especially those who are taking care of us.
Google announced a more than $800 million commitment to support businesses, health organizations, governmentsand health workers on the front lines.
Among its extensive list of relief efforts, the company is offering financial support to increase theproduction capacity for personal protective equipment and medical devices,Google CEOSundar Pichai announced Friday.
In working with Magid Glove & Safety, Google's longtime supplier and partner, the company is ramping up production of 2 million to 3 million face masks in the coming weeks. The masks will be distributed to the CDC Foundation, Pichai said.
Alphabetemployees, including those with Google, Verily and X, are also helping to facilitate increased production of ventilators, he added. Alphabet is the parent company of all three firms.
The car rental company is offering free vehicle rentals through April 30 for health care workers. Workers can book as little as a week or up to a month with the company at no cost to them. To take advantage of the offer, employees must have a valid medical ID, emailwith a healthcare domain, and driver's license.
The airlineis working with nonprofit partners and government agencies to help get medical professionals and much-needed supplies where they are needed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is also assisting students who need help traveling to family and friends or a permanent housing situation, the company said.
"Air travel is an essential global service and we are committed to meeting travel needs, some of which are critical," JetBlue said in a statement. "During this time of uncertainty, we remain committed to our mission of Inspiring Humanity and our social impact pillars community and youth/education. This includes our main resources flights and assets from our network of partners."
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The company is donating sweet treats to health care workers every Monday through National Nurses Week, which concludes on May 12.
Anyone who works at a hospital, as well as physicians, nurses, surgeons, psychologists, dentists, optometrists, pharmacists and their staff will be given free dozens of the original glazed doughnuts.
"Taking care of ourselves and each other never has been more important. Getting through this together by staying apart seems unnatural. But even now there can be joy. It can bring and keep us 'together'in this challenging, disruptive time," the company said. "AtKrispy Kreme, we love bringing smiles to others, especially those who need them the most."
Workers will need to show their ID at the drive-through in order to redeem the offer. There is a limit of up to five dozen per worker "due to varying production capabilities by location."
The company launched a multi-faceted initiative to support Americans during the pandemic.
The company's manufacturing facilitates in North America are producing alcohol-based hand sanitizers. The hard-to-find substance will be sent to company employees, partnersand health care professionals working on the frontlines. The company is also donating surgical and N95 respirator masks made in facilities in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Franklin, New Jersey, to local hospitals.
We stand in solidarity with the brave people who are tirelessly and selflessly working to end this pandemic, and it is our hope that, through these actions, we are able to provide some relief during this challenging time," StphaneRinderknech, president and CEO of L'Oral USA, said.
The company is also donating money and resources to non-profits such as Feeding America and providing relief for small businesses.
Lowe's is donating$10 million in essential products for medical professionals. The donation is part of a$25 million commitment to help communities hit hardest by COVID-19 within the U.S. and Canada.
The home improvement company is working with national health care supply distributors to deliver essential items, such as respirators and other protective gear, to hospitals most in need across the country.
"Were proud of our teams who deployed N95 masks from Lowes distribution centers yesterday to support medical professionals across the country," the company wrote on Facebook."Were committed to serving our communities; and as an essential retailer, were open and ready to help."
The company is allocating $500,000 of the overall donation for the American Red Cross to help the organizationmaintain a sufficient supply of blood to help patients in need.
"The organization faces a blood shortage as blood drives are canceled, and it needs additional donors now more than ever," the company wrote.
Merck is donating masks forhealth care workers and other front-line responders battling thepandemic in New Jersey. The company announced this week it was donating 300,000 masks to New Jerseys Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
We extend our deepest appreciation to the many healthcare providers and volunteers here and around the world who are doing so much to help affected patients and communities, and to our own employees who are focused on delivering our critically important medicines and vaccines to the patients who need them," said Merck CEOKenneth Frazier.
Merck also said it's assuring that its "supply of medicines and vaccines reach our patients, contributing our scientific expertise to the development of antiviral approaches, and supporting our healthcare providers and the communities in which they serve."
The New Jersey-based insurance company donated 153,000 face masks and approximately 75,000 respirators to health care workers across the state.
"While the pandemic has become a global crisis, the fight against it is taking place locally and will be won at the community level,"Prudential's CEO Charles F. Lowrey said. "Our cities, towns and neighborhoods have always been there for us, in good times and bad. Their health, well-being and prosperity are vital to our future. We will not let them down in this hour of need."
The company also donated 300 bottles of hand sanitizer andcommitted $1.5 million in funding for local businesses, families in need and the nonprofit sector both in the U.S. and internationally.
TheRalph Lauren Corporate Foundationis earmarking$10 million toward COVID-19 relief.
In part, the funds will go towardtheWorld Health Organizations COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which was created to help countries prevent, detectand respond to theglobal crisis, the company said. The funds will also go towardthe fashion community, employees and international cancer institutions, which are caring for people who are especially vulnerable during this time.
With help from its U.S. manufacturingpartners, the company is also working to produce 250,000 masks and 25,000 isolation gowns to help those in need.
"Our hearts and thoughts are with the global community," the company said.Our hope is to be a beacon of optimism and unity as we navigate this unprecedented time.It is in the spirit of togetherness that we willrise."
Serta Simmons Bedding
The company is donating10,000 mattresses to New York City hospitals and medical facilities fighting the coronavirus.
The donation, which will bein partnership withRelief Bed International, is meant to address the significant shortage of hospital beds cited byCuomo Tuesday.
"As the largest American producer of mattresses, Serta Simmons Bedding is committed to ensuring those who are hospitalized have a bed available where they can receive care and heal,"SSB Chairman and CEO David Swift said Wednesday. "We're calling on our peers in the bedding industry to join us in addressing this need."
The company also said it is capable ofproducing up to 20,000 additional beds per day "at the lowest possible cost if needed"to help in the fight against the coronavirus.
Earlier this month SmileDirectClub began to utilize its 3D printing manufacturing facility in Tenessee to increase the production of medical supplies needed to combat the pandemic. The company announced it has the capacity to print up to 7,500 medical-grade face shields for health care workers. St. Luke's Boise Medical CenterinIdaho is slated to receive the first shipment of 1,000 shields.
The company is actively accepting orders from U.S. and Canadian health care organizations and governmental bodies.
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