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Microsoft will donate 240,000 surgical masks and 30,000 box lunches to help people during the coronavirus outbreak

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft will donate surgical masks, box lunches, and hand sanitizers to people in the Puget Sound area.
  • The donations are to help people during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Microsoft is helping people in a variety of ways during the outbreak.

Microsoft will donate 240,000 surgical masks, 35,000 hand sanitizers, 30,000 box lunches, and additional medical supplies to people in the Puget Sound area this week. The donations will help people affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Microsoft's President, Brad Smith, shared the details of the donations on Twitter.

These donations are part of a continued effort to help people during the current health crisis. Microsoft partnered with several large organizations to launch a regional COVID-19 Response Fund and donated $1 million towards that fund's launch earlier this month. Microsoft has also made premium Microsoft Teams features available for free users and made Microsoft Teams free for NHS staff.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates is also committed to helping during the health crisis. He has worked to make testing its more available.

Many of Microsoft's efforts, including the donations that will happen this week, focus on the Puget Sound area. This is Microsoft's local community, as the company is headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

2 Comments
  • It's times like this we need the rich companys and people to step up and help. Unfortunately most don't.
  • Who's going to get the testing kits we need in the US?
    I'm in the Bay area and know of 4 people (including myself) who have been sick in the last couple weeks, but were denied a test until we had "Severe symptoms" such as an elevated fever and extreme difficulty in breathing. Sore throat, dry cough and all those other symptoms don't count.
    The handling of this is an unmitigated disaster