Apple accessories supplier Belkin has announced a donation of 50,000 masks to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, while Belkin will make new U.S.-made masks and sell them online as public demand for personal protective equipment grows,media reported.
Belkin will donate 25,000 masks to The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and another 25,000 will be donated to the city of Los Angeles and its front-line workers. California, one of the states most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, remains in lockdown. Demand for personal protective equipment continues to increase, while supply begins to decline.
“Belkin has been working to address the human needs, and with the second surge of COVID-19 in Belkin’s hometown of Los Angeles and across the country, unfortunately the need for personal protective equipment remains urgent.” Steven Malony, senior vice president, belkin International, said. “Front-line workers are risking their lives every day to save other people’s lives and keep our economy running. We believe that wearing a mask is a simple action that we can all take to keep each other safe. “
In addition to donating large numbers of masks, Belkin also stores its own American-made masks in its online store. They are disposable masks that properly cover the nose and mouth. They also include an integrated nose clip to reduce air clearance. A box of 50 masks can be purchased for $49.95.
In addition, Belkin announced a new ComfortFit mask. These new masks are also a one-off use, and have a patented Z-foldearear, which has less pressure on the ear. They have three layers of soft, breathable fabrics that provide comfort and protection even when worn for long periods of time.
ComfortFit masks will be available in the coming months, with a box of 30 pieces retailing for $19.99.
Both products can now be found on Belkin’s website, where it details more efforts.
Belkin is not the only technology and accessories company to be responsible in the global crisis. Nomad, Spigen, Peak Design, Satechi, etc. have launched campaigns to donate funds and personal protective equipment, while also offering discounts to shoppers.