NYC first responders sleeping in cars for fear of infecting families, union says

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3/30/2020 7:30:00 AM

'They're not going home to sleep. A lot of them have slept in their cars because they don't want to infect their families,' Anthony Almojera, paramedic and vice president of the FDNY EMS officers union, said of first responders.

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An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the baby's death.Illinois currently has 3,491 coronavirus cases, with 47 deaths. More than 85 percent of the deaths are among people age 60 and over.Share this -1d ago / 10:22 PM UTCDemand for N95 masks is up by 20 times

New data obtained by NBC News provide a sobering picture of the massive scale of the N95 mask shortage.For the last several years, annual U.S. demand for N95 medical masks was around 25 million, according to Chaun Powell, Vice President of Preparedness and Response for Premier, a hospital group purchasing organization.

But Powell said that in just the first three months of 2020, total demand has already hit 136 million — more than 20 times higher than the typical rate, calculated on a monthly basis.Vizient, another hospital group purchasing organization, told NBC News its client hospitals are burning through a year’s supply of N95 masks in a month.

Mask manufacturers are attempting to meet the need, but those efforts are unlikely to match the pace of the coronavirus outbreak. The largest N95 mask manufacturer, 3M, has ramped up domestic production to 35 million a month, but that won’t even cover the demand in March. And there's every reason to believe that need will grow in the weeks ahead.

Hospitals, public health officials and suppliers are scrambling for alternatives. The FDA's decision to lower standards on which masks can be used in a medical setting are a start, Powell said.“We’re moving in the right direction,” he said, but he says the demand “if anything, is artificially low.”

The largest N95 mask manufacturer, 3M, has ramped up domestic production to 35 million a month, but that won’t even cover the demand in March. And there's every reason to believe that need will grow in the weeks ahead.While hospitals and suppliers scramble for alternatives, Powell said the FDA's decision to lower standards on which masks can be used in a medical setting is a start to the growing problem. “We’re moving in the right direction,” Powell said, adding that the demand “if anything, is artificially low.”

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They should go to the Four Seasons if they can. Why don't they use hotels that aren't being used. No Mask No Service in hot and warm zones. Our supermarkets are petri dishes. People breathing on everything without cover. Can't buy a mask then make one! Stop the spread of the virus. No Mask No Service in supermarkets please. Save lives.

WOW! I can't imagine how FRONT LINER'S are coping. We owe everyone involved our DEEPEST RESPECT for thier DEDICATION. THANK YOU ♥️🙏🇨🇦 Why are hotels not helping? GOD BLESS THE WORLD 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 God bless and protect them for everything they do for humanity 🙏☝️❤ So sad. They should put them up in nice hotels and feed them.

WHY ARE THE NURSES DOCTORS 1stResponders HospitalStaff-FDNY EMS NurseStrong NOT Being PUT UP In VACANT HOTELS, ATLEAST DESIGNATE A FEW FLOORS TO THE HEROES FOR BEDS & SHOWERS? THERE ARE HOTELS BY EVERY HOSPITAL! FDNY AnthonyAlmojera SPEAK UP AMERICA 😷☣️ MASSIVE RT So angry Trump Blames Hospitals for Coronavirus Mask Shortages

that's unacceptable, FDNY has to start spinning up tent cities for these folks, you can't have your firemen and techs sleeping in their cars, badly, then expect them to perform how they must in order to save lives Omg! They deserve a warm bed and room to rest in. What about all those empty hotels?!? My Heart breaks to hear this 💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔

Im sure there is an empty luxury hotel that could provide FREE temporary housing for the first respo dets and medical staff that do not want to infect their loved ones. Jesus, can we donate to get them hotels? All i or'we' want to know is it airborne or not.?. There are stories on both sides .. Who is really telling truth and who isn't - Good question for a good answer..

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