Sharp plans to start producing masks at a factory in Japan in response to a surge in demand caused by a corona virus outbreak, the Associated Press report. The plant is located in Kameyama City, Mie Prefecture, and is typically used for large-scale production of large LCD panels and assembled TVs.
As of the end of this month, Sharp will make 150,000 masks per day, and a maximum of 500,000 per day. The device is said to be very suitable for the production of cleaning masks, as it has high cleaning standards. According to reports, Foxconn's Sharp Corporation has not reached a settlement on the pricing or distribution plan of the masks.
Masks are common in Japan, especially in winter, when many people wear masks to prevent the spread of the disease. However, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, it has been difficult to find them and other household items such as toilet paper, and most retailers can only limit buyers to one pack at a time. In some countries outside Japan, where masks are rare in stores, sellers have Drive up prices On the online market.
American surgeon Jerome Adams urged the public not to increase demand in a tweet over the weekend. "Serious people-stop buying masks!" Adams write. "They are not effective in preventing the general public from contracting the coronavirus, but if health care providers cannot let them take care of sick patients, this will put them and our community at risk!"
World Health Organization Guidelines Statements that healthy people wear masks only when caring for people suspected of being infected with a coronavirus, but for symptomatic people, combined with thorough and frequent hand washing may help slow the spread of the disease.