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Spot, a four-legged robot, is being tested at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a way to treat some COVID-19 patients.

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A pharmacy employee shows KN95 protective face masks that were made in China. Companies like Golden Pacific Fashion and Design in Shanghai, which used to sell curtains, have pivoted to making KN95 masks like these.

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‘It’s The Wild West’: To Meet Pandemic-Fueled Demand, Factories Turn To Making Masks

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How The Fed Fights Coronavirus

Episode 994: Making It Work

A health worker dispenses sanitizer in Bungamati, Nepal, on April 15. ExxonMobil says it is reconfiguring a facility to make hand sanitizer. Alcohol companies switched to manufacturing and donating the in-demand product in mid-March.

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Facebook users can invite their friends to the new Messenger Rooms service, even if those people are not on the social network.

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Employees wearing protective masks work in a call center run by Uttar Pradesh state police in April during a lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Lucknow, India.

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India’s Lockdown Puts Strain On Call Centers

Only 28% of the factories that make active ingredients for pharmaceuticals for the domestic market are located in the U.S., according to the Food and Drug Administration.

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A vendor wearing protective masks and gloves serves a customer at a market in Rome on April 16.

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The coronavirus pandemic has turned the market for protective gear for health care workers into a free-for-all.

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Two weeks after Perla Pimentel was laid off, her father lost his job as a transportation contractor for Disney World. And the warehouse where her mom works has begun to furlough employees.

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The Great Potato Giveaway

European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen speaks to reporters Thursday in Brussels after a video conference among EU officials about easing the impact of the coronavirus on the bloc’s economies.

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Hospitals are receiving federal aid through the CARES Act. But will it be enough?

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U.S. Hospitals Hit By Financial ‘Triple Whammy’ During Coronavirus Pandemic

Jerome Gage, a Lyft driver in Torrance, Calif., has been joining protests urging the ride-hailing companies to treat workers better.

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, pictured on April 16, insists he is moving forward with plans to allow some nonessential businesses to open their doors to the public. The plan has come under intense criticism.

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As he was defending his dissertation, Dennis Johnson’s Zoom video conference was interrupted by an unknown intruder. Johnson hopes his bad experience will bring better protections to the platform.

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