While the idea of gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer creating medical equipment might first bring to mind the Razer Toaster, this change of manufacturing focus for the company is very real and extremely philanthropic.
Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan announced on Twitter that Razer’s engineers and designers have been working over the past several days to repurpose some of its manufacturing lines to produce surgical masks. Razer will be reaching out to medical authorities and governments where Razer has a presence in order to prioritize support and distribute these masks to where they’re needed the most. In total, up to one million masks will be manufactured and donated.
This comes at a time when some extremely concerning updates to CDC guidelines were announced, which will let healthcare workers in the US exposed to novel coronavirus continue to work so long as they have a surgical mask, or even a scarf or bandana. Which, sadly, is also not an April Fool’s joke.