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Ventilators are a scare resource right now. While they are lifesaving for some, NPR's Jon Hamilton reports when it comes to COVID-19, they do not guarantee survival.

Plus, how to protect essential workers when ordering delivery and going to the grocery store.

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The Indicator's episode on scarcity in the emergency room on Apple, Spotify and NPR One.

Camila Domonoske's reporting on grocery store worker safety.

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Ventilator Shortages; 6.6 Million New Unemployment Claims

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Ventilator Shortages; 6.6 Million New Unemployment Claims

Ventilator Shortages; 6.6 Million New Unemployment Claims

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A State of Michigan Unemployment Agency office that is currently closed because of coronavirus. The number of new people claiming unemployment totaled 6.6 million, doubling the record set a week earlier according to the Labor Department. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A State of Michigan Unemployment Agency office that is currently closed because of coronavirus. The number of new people claiming unemployment totaled 6.6 million, doubling the record set a week earlier according to the Labor Department.

Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images

This episode was recorded and published as part of this podcast's former 'Coronavirus Daily' format.

6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, doubling the record-setting numbers from the week before. The rapid increase has overwhelmed state offices.

Ventilators are a scare resource right now. While they are lifesaving for some, NPR's Jon Hamilton reports when it comes to COVID-19, they do not guarantee survival.

Plus, how to protect essential workers when ordering delivery and going to the grocery store.

Links:

The Indicator's episode on scarcity in the emergency room on Apple, Spotify and NPR One.

Camila Domonoske's reporting on grocery store worker safety.

Find and support your local public radio station

Sign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter

This episode was produced by Anne Li, Gabriela Saldivia, and Brent Baughman, and edited by Beth Donovan.