Elon Musk’s Space X starts production of hand sanitizer and donates protective suits and face shields to medical personnel who treat coronavirus
- Memos show that the company makes hand disinfection and face shields
- The supplies are donated to hospitals near the SpaceX headquarters
- To date, it has donated at least 75 face shields and 100 medical suits
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SpaceX manufactures its own hand sanitizer and face shields to help fight a persistent coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report.
An internal memo reviewed by CNBC suggests that the company create supplies and donate them to hospitals and businesses.
CNBC reports that the memo, which was circulated to employees, states that SpaceX delivered 75 face shields over the weekend to Cedars Sinai, a health facility near the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
Unlike breathing masks, shields cover the entire face from top to bottom in a floating layer of plastic.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (pictured) has instructed the aerospace company to begin making face shields and hand sanitizer to boost supplies of medical workers
The company also reportedly donated 100 ‘tyvek’ protective suits to medical workers there and is currently working on making hand sanitizer that ‘complies with the CDC guidelines and is effective in killing the COVID-19 coronavirus,’ CNBC.
The decision to provide medical personnel with protective equipment and disinfectants marks a change in attitude by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who recently tweeted that the coronavirus panic was “stupid.”
Despite that early comment, the billionaire also delivered 50,000 face masks to the Seattle home of a University of Washington, where the coronavirus pandemic has spread rapidly.
Musk, who is also the CEO of the electric and self-driving car company, Telsa, has also said on Twitter that he would intervene ‘if there is a shortage’ to make fans so that patients in intensive care can breathe while their bodies battle the disease.
“We will make fans if there is a shortage,” Musk tweeted in response to a fan’s suggestion that the billionaire should reuse his factory for the job.
As noted by CNBC, SpaceX employees who can go to work have continued to do so as the company is exempt from closing because it is an ‘essential’ company.
The company recently sent a dozen employees home after two were diagnosed with new coronavirus, COVID-19.
Shortages of masks, disinfectants and fans have plagued the states in the United States as the number of people infected by the new corona virus continues to rise.
On Thursday, the US approached 70,000 confirmed cases with a total of 1,035 deaths.
In the most extreme measures yet, 17 states have ordered 100 percent of the non-essential workforce to stay at home to stem the spread of COVID-19.
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