'Coronavirus Daily': New York City, Scammers, and Traveling

March 24, 2020

"Coronavirus Daily" dives into the latest in coronavirus news. Today's topics include the sharp spike in cases in New York, unpaid workers, scammers, and traveling.

While New York is beginning to get resources for more widespread testing, their numbers continue to skyrocket by the day. There are likely thousands of undiagnosed coronavirus patients in the city.

Quarantine and self-isolation is necessary for patients. The city will see a "terrible peak" in the next few weeks, and it's very possible that hospitals won't be able to accommodate those cases.

Meanwhile, many unpaid workers or employees who have been laid off are seeking unemployment rather than money from their employers. Some companies can certainly afford to pay their workers but are choosing to lay off their employees instead.

Companies like Amazon and Apple are still paying many of their employees rather than laying them off. Experts say that companies are facing unprecedented times and are forced to determine if paying their workers in a crisis is built into their business plans.

The coronavirus pandemic has opened doors for scammers and thieves. Scammers always take advantage of disasters, according to experts. From fake remedies to tech scammers attacking people working from home, the scams are numerous.

Experts ask consumers to be vigilant in double checking their sources when they're asked for things like money, computer access, or patronage. Google any retailers before buying items from a new supplier.

Airlines are beginning to give thought to canceling domestic flights. Considering the Tokyo Olympics have been delayed, experts are suggesting this cancelation should guide thoughts around rescheduling any travel plans. It may not be feasible to consider summer travel.

Many are considering being in their cars as an alternative.

Other notable moments in the news include the following:

Citigroup has temporarily closed up to 15% of its branches, according to 1010 WINS, while WCBS 880 reports that coronavirus cases in New York have doubled every three days.

WWJ reports that an Arizona man's death has prompted warnings against self-medication amid coronavirus concerns. In California, KCBS reports that Governor Newsom's anti-coronvirus measures could last up to 12 weeks, while KNX says that Newsom has closed beach parking lots and state parks.

In Texas, Tarrant County judges and mayors announce "stay at home" order, according to KRLD. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers have reversed their decision to cut pay for some workers amid the virus pandemic, KYW reports.

In more lighthearted news, a Chicago street performer kept on singing to empty River East streets, according to WBBM.

Tune in to Coronavirus Daily to get the most up-to-date information on this growing global crisis.

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