UPS said its UPS Foundation is working with two Georgia nonprofits and providing free transport of the gear to help combat the spread of the virus in Wuhan in China's Hubei Province.
The effort is being coordinated with the Georgia-based nonprofits -- MAP International and MedShare -- as well as the Red Cross Society of China, Project HOPE and product donors Henry Schein, 3M and others.
News reports have indicated that medical workers were falling ill, Wuhan hospitals had pleaded for donations of masks and other supplies, and some medical staff were using makeshift supplies.
The company said it is also giving advice to employees on what to do if they exhibit any symptoms.
“City-wide quarantines, transportation restrictions, passenger flight suspensions to slow the outbreak of the virus and the extended Lunar New Year are contributing to a fluid situation,” UPS said in a written statement.
The company said earlier this week it is deferring non-critical travel to Asia “out of an abundance of caution.”