General Motors is the number-one largest automaker in America and one of the largest overall worldwide. This multinational automaker designs and produces Buick, Cadillac, GMC, and Chevrolet vehicles across the globe. GM was most recently ranked at #13 on the renowned Fortune 500 list due to this automaker’s impressive revenue and success as a household name in the auto industry. 

With more than 2.5 million positive cases of COVID-19 worldwide, the novel coronavirus is spreading like wildfire across the globe. The spread of COVID-19 has caused unprecedented shifts in normal day-to-day life. Schools are closed, non-essential businesses are closed, and millions of people are either working from home or have been laid off from their jobs. As a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak and the drastic measures that have been taken to slow the spread of the virus, everyone has had to adapt to these overwhelming changes in some way. 

Students are being educated from home via virtual “distance learning” instead of going to school every day. Workers who are used to a 9-5 shift at the office are working from home or relying on unemployment benefits. Everyone is encouraged to stay in their own homes as much as possible. Many churches have been transformed into food distribution centers, and many hotels are being converted into shelters to make sure displaced homeless individuals have a safe place to stay. 

General Motors is committed to contributing to the fight against the novel coronavirus, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. Keep reading to learn more about the many efforts GM is putting forth to keep patients, healthcare workers, and individual citizens safe through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Face Masks for Healthcare Workers 

General Motors has recently emerged as a critical source of face masks for healthcare workers who are on the front lines treating coronavirus patients. 

As is necessary during the coronavirus crisis, GM has worked fast. Just 6 days after meeting to discuss potential contributions to the fight against coronavirus, General Motors employees began manufacturing surgical masks for healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

General Motors produced and delivered 20,000 surgical masks by the end of their first week of production and expect to produce and deliver 50,000 masks per day within weeks. 

Critical Care Ventilators for Coronavirus Patients 

In addition to face masks, critical care ventilators are also in critically short supply during this time due to the overwhelming need for ventilators as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19. Many COVID-19 patients who are in critical condition are in need of respirators to keep them alive while they fight severe respiratory symptoms as a result of contracting the novel coronavirus. 

General Motors has partnered with Ventec Life Systems to increase the production of ventilators and other respiratory products to meet the critical needs of coronavirus patients during this time. The ventilators that GM is helping fund and produce are special portable, battery-powered V+Pro ventilators that are used to safely treat coronavirus patients who are suffering from the most severe respiratory symptoms. GM has dedicated more than 1,000 of their workers to help produce critical care ventilators and respiratory products during this time. 

Grant Funding for Nonprofit Organizations 

Nonprofit organizations are a critical source of help during this time when millions of Americans are facing unprecedented financial hardship as a result of mass layoffs due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting social distancing guidelines and widespread stay-at-home orders. 

General Motors has directed $2 million in grant funding to various American nonprofit organizations in order to help fund these organizations’ important work during the novel coronavirus crisis. GM has also set up a special donation portal for their own employees and encourages all GM personnel to contribute whatever they can to help support nonprofit organizations during this time. 

Discounts for Healthcare Professionals 

General Motors is offering many discounts to their valued customers during this time of unprecedented financial hardship. One of the most notable of these discounts came with GM’s extension of their First Responder Discount

Under the extension of this discount, healthcare professionals will now be eligible for the same reduced prices as first responders, active military service members, and suppliers. This offer extends discounts of up to 15% off purchases and leases from General Motors to all healthcare workers.