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Essential worker shoulders $1,840 pandemic debt due to COVID cost loophole

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Carmen Quintero works an early shift as a supervisor at a 3M distribution warehouse that ships N95 masks to a nation under siege from the coronavirus. On March 23, she had developed a severe cough, and her voice, usually quick and enthusiastic, was barely a whisper.A human resources staff member told Quintero she needed to go home.“They told me I couldn’t come back until I was tested,” said Quintero, who was also told that she would need to document that she didn’t have the virus.Her primary care doctor directed her to the nearest emergency room for testing because the practice had no coronavi…

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‘Are you kidding me?’ CNN’s Cuomo lays into Trump for hawking Goya products during a pandemic

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On CNN Wednesday, Chris Cuomo exploded with outrage over the image of President Donald Trump promoting Goya food products from the Oval Office — just a day after his daughter did the same.

"The pandemic is in full effect," said Cuomo. "You tell me how a president, in the middle of a pandemic, has got time for this bullsh*t. Are you kidding me? Hawking products? Goya, I don't care who it is. Resolute Desk? This is what he's resolute about? Pandemic priorities? His daughter Ivanka, top White House adviser, are you kidding me? Marketing for a brand following calls for a boycott after Goya's CEO heaped praise on Trump last week. On your dime, in the middle of a pandemic, they're selling beans. Are you kidding me?"

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‘How disgraceful’: CNN medical analyst slams ex-Trump physician for anti-mask ‘myths’

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner laid into Ronny Jackson, the retired rear admiral and White House physician who is currently running for Congress, after he claimed that wearing a mask is a "personal choice" and he doesn't do it "all that often."

"He's a doctor. He was responsible for the health of the president," said anchor Erin Burnett. "What do you say to that, that he doesn't wear masks all that often, to be honest?"

"How disgraceful," said Reiner. "He's running for the 13th congressional seat in Texas. Texas is a state that had twice the number of coronavirus cases today as the entire European Union, and he doesn't want to tell people they have to wear a mask."

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Iowa fires longtime health spokesperson — then funnels media requests on COVID-19 through GOP governor

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A Florida data scientist sounded the alarm in June that the coronavirus cases in the state weren't reported accurately. According to Rebekah Jones, she was fired from the Florida Health Department because she refused to manipulate data. Now it appears an Iowa official is accusing the state of doing the same.

"I was asked by DOH leadership to manually change numbers," Jones told NPR in an interview. "This was a week before the reopening plan officially kicked off into phase one. I was asked to do the analysis and present the findings about which counties met the criteria for reopening. The criteria followed more or less the White House panel's recommendations, but our epidemiology team also contributed to that as well. As soon as I presented the results, they were essentially the opposite of what they had anticipated. The whole day while we're having this kind of back and forth changing this, not showing that, the plan was being printed and stapled right in front of me. So it was very clear at that point that the science behind the supposedly science-driven plan didn't matter because the plan was already made."

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