As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more and more groups are rising to the challenge of supporting the medical front-liners. People began to act when healthcare providers revealed that they were struggling for proper protective gear. After several weeks of suspended work, many companies have decided to resume their operations for the sake of helping the frazzled front-liners. Among these companies is LEGO, who recently announced that they’ve begun producing visors instead of their iconic toys in light of current events.
Medical professionals pleaded with the public to follow the quarantine guidelines implemented when the pandemic began to spread. According to them, staying home would help them as much as it would benefit us. Despite preventive measures, hospitals remain overwhelmed. As of writing, there are over 2 million COVID-19 cases worldwide. The situation’s definitely distressing, so we must all try to do our part to help one another.
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This week we began to make visors at our factory in Billund for healthcare workers on the frontline in Denmark. We are so incredibly proud of the team who made this happen. They worked around the clock to create designs and make moulds that can produce more than 13,000 visors a day. We are grateful to have such talented, dedicated and caring colleagues. ??
LEGO is currently manufacturing visors for medical professionals
The toy company opened their factory in Billund, Germany to make the visors. Employees collaborated with Denmark’s healthcare representatives to design the visors. These visors will protect health workers’ eyes whenever they use it to interact or treat a patient with the virus. The visors consists of a wide, transparent cover. And it also features handles, so that its user can easily wear it or take it off.
“The team worked around the clock to create designs and make molds that can produce more than 13,000 visors a day. We are grateful to have such talented, dedicated, and caring colleagues,” the company wrote.
The visors made by the iconic toy company have a simple yet functional design
The visors were designed to be easy to assemble, unlike the brand’s myriad of intricate sets. All the user has to do is to simply clip on the opaque handles onto the clear eye protector and they’ll be good to go! No other details have been provided thus far, however, we’re pretty sure these visors will last long.
100 employees are participating in this project
Six moulding machines in the Billund factory are currently being used to produce 13,500 visors a day. At the of their announcement, they shared that they had just gotten their first order of 50,000 visors. The company also went on to say that they’re hoping to make 58,000 visors within two weeks.
Since the pandemic is a global issue, the toy brand is also planning to expand their visor-making operations to their other factories in other countries. But until then, the people at the Billund factory will continue working round the clock to create protective visors for healthcare providers fighting the pandemic. Aside from manufacturing visors, the company has also created two other initiatives geared towards extending support to children and families going through hard times during this unexpectedly difficult times. Their response to this situation is absolutely commendable!
We know that every little helps right now, so we’re thankful to our colleagues who are supporting the healthcare heroes working to keep us safe ?? pic.twitter.com/siQ4pEKDEm
— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) April 8, 2020
People are loving the initiative
Y’all are awesome
— GigaGolurk (@NGC_clayton) April 8, 2020
That’s a cool LEGO build!
— Tianyi Wang (@K1n9Dav1d) April 8, 2020
this is why your one of my favorite companies
i love you guys
— manboyman (@manboyman4) April 8, 2020
Amazing! ? Thank you so much @LEGO_Group for thinking about all of us! ?
— LegoFan (@legofan_4) April 8, 2020
I want some just to have after this is all over.
— M J (@LotsoDrummin) April 8, 2020
@LEGO_Group doing their part during this difficult time, thank you!
— CB (@EctoFlapjack) April 8, 2020
Brilliant stuff @LEGO_Group – Every effort will help fight the spread of COVID19 and save lives ??
— Entiiiity #SquashTheCurve (@Entiiiity1) April 8, 2020
This is oddly soothing.
— Smallsy (@Smallsy_) April 8, 2020
— jameela york (@jameelageek) April 8, 2020
Feel free to use all the molding machines, we Lego users would be proud to wait while you help protect all of us. Thank you for doing this! Lego is AWESOME!
— Stay Home, Nerfherder!? (@DarkLeia2187) April 8, 2020
That is brilliant. Keep up the good work Lego.
— matthew brunt (@matt_brunt79) April 8, 2020
Amazing @LEGO_Group all of us are in this together and we can all do our part.
— Dan (LegoDan2) (@Vulcan38) April 8, 2020