Apple Joins Coronavirus Fight

Apple CEO Tim Cook may be gay, but that hasn’t translated into advertising support for LGBT media outlets. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced on Saturday that the technology company is helping source supplies for healthcare providers fighting the Coronavirus.

“We’re donating millions of masks for health professionals in the US and Europe,” Cook tweeted. “To every one of the heroes on the front lines, we thank you.”

Medical grade masks are in short supply as hospitals brace for the COVID-19 surge. The U.S. healthcare system is estimated to need 3.5 billion medical masks to properly cover the surge in COVID-19 patients. 

Reported prices for the N95 medical grade mask have ranged from $10 to $81 during the pandemic. 

A multinational company headquartered in California, Apple is generally regarded as one of America’s “Big Four” tech companies — along with Microsoft, Google and Amazon. 

Cook, 59, became Apple’s CEO in 2011. 

In 2014, Cook publicly acknowledged he is gay, the first Fortune 500 CEO to cross the rainbow bridge.

“I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook said.