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3M claims Florida company tried to price-gouge feds on ‘likely nonexistent’ masks

Personal protective equipment manufacturer 3M is suing a Florida company that it claims tried to sell “likely nonexistent” N95 respirators to the federal stockpile at three times the real price — the fourth time it has taken to the courts in recent days to stop price gougers. In a lawsuit filed in a Florida federal court, 3M alleges that the Orlando-based Geftico LLC tried to peddle 10 million of the the highly demanded masks to the federal Division of Strategic National Stockpile last week at the “grossly inflated” rate. The firm used 3M’s corporate logo in a PowerPoint presentation to the feds to make it appear that it has ties to the household-name-brand manufacturer, the suit charges. Geftico allegedly told the feds that it was just passing along a price increase imposed by 3M. But the manufacturer has kept its rates for respirators flat during the COVID-19 pandemic, and claimed in a release that the promised masks were “likely nonexistent.” “Not only does such price gouging further st…

United cuts May flights by 90 percent, tells employees to brace for job cuts

United said it flew less than 200,000 people in the first two weeks of April, a 97% drop from the more than 6 million people it flew during the same time in 2019. It expects to fly fewer people during the entire month of May than it did on a single day in May of last year.
United Airlines Holdings Inc said on Wednesday that it has cut its flight schedule by 90% in May and expects similar cuts for June as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and warned that travel demand that is now “essentially at zero shows no sign of improving in the near term,” making job cuts likely. United disclosed its outlook in a memo to employees that it publicly released. The memo was from Chief Executive Oscar Munoz and President Scott Kirby. Like other U.S. airlines, travel demand for Chicago-based United has cratered as most U.S. states have ordered residents to stay at home in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. United said it flew less than 200,000 people in the first two weeks of April, a 97% …

55% of child coronavirus cases are BOYS, reveals CDC report reveals - with up to one in five children who catch the illness needing hospital care

More than half of 2,500 cases of coronavirus in under 18s were among boysAnalysis by the CDC also showed US children don't always have symptoms But children are less likely to be admitted to intensive care than adults, at 2%A separate CDC report revealed the risks for those with health conditionsHalf of diabetics and smokers with coronavirus are hospitalised and/or go to ICUUp to one in five children who catch coronavirus need hospital care and the deadly infection is more common in boys, official US figures show.  Fifty-five per cent of the 2,500 coronavirus cases in under-18s were boys, a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found. Forty-two per cent were girls, while the gender was unknown for another three per cent. Compared with adults, children are less likely to suffer the tell-tale symptoms and may not show any signs of the virus at all. And they are far less likely to be admitted to intensive care (two per cent) or die (0.1 per cent), according to …