Elon Musk announced on March 23 that his electric car company, Tesla, would donate ventilators to hospitals in Los Angeles. Musk bought 1255 ventilators from China and shipped them to the United States.

See Musk’s tweet, below:

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Ventilators are crucial equipment for hospitals fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Ventilators are used to treat critical care patients who need ventilators to breathe while being treated for COVID-19. Recent estimates have said the United States is facing a ventilator shortage in many places. According to the Society of Critical Care Medicine, up to 960,000 people might need ventilators during the pandemic and the United States only has about 200,000.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom confirmed that the ventilators had arrived during a press conference, “Elon Musk, how about this?I told you a few days ago that he was likely to have a thousand ventilators this week. They arrived in Los Angeles and [Musk] is already working with the hospital association and others to get those ventilators out in real-time. It’s a heroic effort.”

As of March 23, the coronavirus had infected 383,000 people around the globe.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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