Stories of humanitarian injustices, lack of concrete plans, and unanswered questions during the pandemic can really make one feel terrible. But the pandemic didn’t only unravel the bad, there are also moving stories from normal people and organizations that brought inspiration, and proved that goodness still lies in the hearts of many.
Private groups are now stepping up to help fight the threat of COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the sneaker brand Nike is shifting its resources to fit the demand of the frontliners during the ongoing crisis (READ: Anne Curtis, blk cosmetics to donate pampering face masks for frontliners)
In light of the current worldwide situation, Nike CEO John Donahoe announced that the athletic brand is currently working on full-face shields and air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses out of sneaker materials to protect health workers against the coronavirus (COVID-19). The brand is working closely with health professionals at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).
“Without proper facial protection, healthcare workers are at a higher risk of contracting the virus, which could place substantial strain on the healthcare workforce in the months ahead,” says Miko Enomoto, MD, associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at OHSU school of medicine.
Nike Face Shield
Nike already released an image of its newly created face shield, and it’s inspired by the brand’s signature product, Nike Air.
“The full-face shields help protect healthcare workers’ faces and also help to prolong the length we can safely use a surgical or N95 mask. Nike’s generous response to the COVID-19 crisis helps to instill an added layer of confidence and support for healthcare workers, that we can safely carry out the jobs we were born to do,” Nike said in a press release.
The first shipment of donated full-face shields and PAPR lenses arrived at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) on April 3, 2020. Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and Carney Hospital have also received donations.