What Amazon, Microsoft and Apple are doing to battle the coronavirus pandemic

In an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the tech industry is joining forces and focusing its efforts on the fight.

Ranging from medical supplies to software projects for analysing and tracking the state of the pandemic, the CEOs from Amazon, Microsoft and Apple have shared their updates on the contributions of their respective companies.

Apple

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook claims that the company has been making attempts to source necessary healthcare worker supplies, both in Europe as well as in the US.

In a response to COVID-19, the company also decided to join “millions of masks”, as well as donating $15m worth of funds.

Amazon

Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos claims that there has been a shift in the company’s logistics and warehousing prioritisation.

The company’s focus is now on baby supplies, medical supplies and daily household staples.

Amazon is also hiring 100,000 new employees.

In addition to that, the company’s fulfilment workers will be able to enjoy raised hourly rates.

Amazon has also ordered face masks and will be distributing these to its contract workers who cannot work from home.

Microsoft

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella unveiled a slew of collaborative data projects, including a platform for tracking confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The company’s health chatbot tech is also being used as the underlying framework for a COVID-19 chatbot assessment tool employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As schools are closing and classrooms are moving to a virtual environment, Minecraft and Teams are being used as part of a global trend for remote learning initiatives.

Recently, Microsoft’s chief scientific officer Eric Horvitz made the announcement that the company will be partnering with academic institutions and the White House to work on the COVID-19 Open Research Data Set.

More than 29,000 coronavirus-related academic articles can be found in it (more will be added as they are published).