Razer to manufacture and donate up to a million surgical masks to battle coronavirus

    
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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.

source: Twitter via Kotaku
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Wow, that’s seriously some heart warming news; we’ve got to reuse masks as well on the same patients at our hospital (we’re not using them on multiple Covid Patients mind you but out side each of these rooms you’ve got a Paper Bag with your N95 and Face Shield).

I’ve been lucky, since I work on Oncology they don’t like mixing those kinds of staff on the off chance we get exposed and make cancer patients sick.

It’s surreal going about my business these days, people in the community recognize me as a Hospital employee so they avoid me like I’m Michael Myers on Halloween, made it easy to swoop in and get some toilet paper this morning.

Work has been nicer to be honest, census is down so staffing is great for a change, no visitors makes doing my job so much easier (hope they keep that policy in place once this passes).

I see people walking around with masks, lysoling shopping carts; I give them thumbs up for being cautious when I see them.

I need to drink my coffee this turning into another one of those streams of thought comments.

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Armsbend

You are doing god’s work good luck and stay safe friend!

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traja

Well this is a nice thing to see. Also a surgical mask is really just a bandana that is more likely to stay on. They are not exactly high tech.

Razer mice however tended to break far too consistently. I went through three of them before switching to Corsair.

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McGuffn

This is not comforting at all.

In a couple weeks we’ve gone from saying many medical masks are useless because the microscopic virus can pass through to advocating that first responders wear something you bought off the rack at TJ Maxx. Or DIY courses on how to make your own from stuff you bought at the craft store.

At this rate we’ll soon be issuing pleas to robbers and other criminals to donate their nylon pantyhose and halloween masks to hospitals.

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IronSalamander8 .

I love my Razer Naga and all the buttons, especially the 12 thumb buttons, really handy for almost any kind of game. And now them helping out makes me glad I already love their gaming mice.

As far as the bandanna thing, I’d face palm but we’re not supposed to touch our face so *headdesk*.

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TherecDaMage .

Good for Razer, glad to see this company making products to help during this serious pandemic. Just as long as they’re not RGB.

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McGuffn

If people with scarves can help that’s good news for Deborah Birx. She can do something useful during the crisis. Even by the low standards we have she just goes up during press briefings and BS’s her way through them, seemingly uncaring if what she’s saying is either useful or accurate.

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Greaterdivinity

Good on them, even if it comes with some marketing branding.

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Armsbend

This is a company doing actual good. I’ll remember this the next time I buy gaming peripherals.