AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have collaborated with iHeartMedia to bring thousands of mobile chargers to hospitals to enable COVID-19 patients to charge their phones. According to a press release from T-Mobile, the companies will donate nearly 40,000 phone chargers.
T-Mobile reports 20,000 chargers have also been donated to hospitals in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and San Diego.
Verizon claims it offers thousands of chargers in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit, and Philadelphia and more to health care providers. AT&T says it will donate thousands of chargers to “hospitals around the country that have been hardest hit by the virus.
The wireless companies and iHeartMedia’s fundraising activities follow research undertaken by local groups to collect mobile chargers for COVID-19 patients.
During hospital stays, patients may rely on their phones to keep in contact with their loved ones which may allow patients to keep away from their families for a long time. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the mean period of hospitalization for surviving COVID-19 patients is 10 to 13 days.