Razer shifts some production to surgical masks amid coronavirus outbreak
Gaming peripheral firm Razer will shift plenty of its manufacturing traces from producing its personal merchandise to creating surgical masks. Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan announced the initiative early Thursday morning on social media.
As COVID-19, the illness brought on by the novel coronavirus, continues to unfold all over the world, healthcare officers are reporting shortages of essential resources, together with surgical masks. Tan mentioned Razer intends donate as much as 1 million masks to healthcare suppliers globally; its first shipments will go to healthcare authorities in Singapore, the place Razer’s Southeast Asia headquarters is situated. The Razer CEO mentioned designers and engineers have been working “24-hour shifts” to transform the corporate’s manufacturing traces.
“Whereas there was unimaginable demand for our merchandise throughout this time with many staying dwelling to keep away from the crowds (and to play video games), the group at Razer understands that each one of us have a component to play in preventing the virus — irrespective of which business we come from,” Tan mentioned.
He added that “emergency conversion” of Razer’s manufacturing traces is step one within the firm’s plan. “We’re dedicated to contributing our further time, sources, effort and expertise towards the struggle towards COVID-19,” Tan mentioned.
On March 11, the World Well being Group (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Face masks are thought of useful in stopping the unfold of respiratory infections, according to Vox, however the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t advocate masks for wholesome folks within the U.S. — simply people who find themselves sick or “intently interacting with those that have the illness.” Regardless of that advice, masks have rapidly change into laborious to search out within the U.S. and elsewhere.
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