The coronavirus pandemic has now reached every continent except Antartica. This year COVID-19 has changed our world in unprecedented ways. We hope you are keeping safe and healthy during these uncertain and challenging times. As promised, we would like to provide you with some updates on TITIKA.
There has been an increase in demand for personal protective equipment in Canada and so TITIKA is committed to helping the COVID-19 relief effort in any way we can. As our headquarters is located in Markham, we have donated 250 medical masks to Markham Stoufville Hospital and $1,100 CAD to the Markham Stoufville Hospital Foundation.
In addition to posing public health challenges, the outbreak has prompted mass closures of schools and businesses and is straining resources. The Government of Canada is taking strong and quick action to protect our economy, and the health, safety, and jobs of all Canadians during the global COVID-19 outbreak. As communities around the world struggle to cope with COVID-19, frontline workers are facing dire circumstances, unable to practice social distancing and making sure the rest of us are getting our essential needs.
Some of the biggest names in the world of business have donated to fund research, pay for personal protective equipment for hospitals, and help victims suffering during the COVID-19 crisis. The CDC recommend that people wear cloth face coverings in public, particularly in areas with high levels of community-based transmission. However, they stress that surgical masks and N-95 respirators should be reserved for medical staff. Locals are banding together to collect masks and other protective equipment as an impending shortage looms.
Through this, we hope we have inspired you to do the same as any help, big or small, matters.