The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking at converting more than 10,000 New York rooms, potentially in hotels and college dorms, into medical care units to help address the fast-spreading coronavirus, the commanding general of the Army Corps said on Friday.
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President Donald Trump told Americans that a malaria drug would be made ”available almost immediately” to treat COVID-19. But his top infectious disease expert said there was no evidence the medicine would help.
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Working long hours at great risk of exposure, thousands of grocery store workers are being recognized as essential with a pay raise.
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Volkswagen said it had created a task force to look into producing medical equipment to help in the fight against coronavirus. The carmaker has already pledged to give its own protective face masks to health workers.
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Our colleagues could soon be our patients.
Many are reporting extraordinary demand for the product, which has been hard, if not impossible, to find on store shelves.
New York City’s ambulance crews, which are stretched thin, have been told to work even if exposed to the coronavirus — as long as they are asymptomatic.
Walmart, which employs 1.5 million people in the United States, is not providing masks and gloves in its stores because, a company spokesman said, it was following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which do not explicitly recommend them for workers outside the medical profession.
Doctors and patients also worry that the president’s rosy outlook for the treatments will exacerbate shortages of old malaria drugs relied on by patients with lupus and other debilitating conditions.