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Businesses looking for thousands of workers to fill jobs amidst COVID-19 pandemic

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Posted at 7:09 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 08:24:39-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Millions of people are expected to be without jobs in the month of March alone because of businesses temporarily shuttering with no real end in sight. There are still some businesses who are looking to take on more workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dollar General is looking to fill 50,000 positions nationwide. Amazon wants to hire 100,000 people to keep up with the demands of online ordering. PepsiCo, Kroger, Walmart and more are also looking to hire more employees.

According to FORTUNE, it's estimated five to six million people will end up in the unemployment line in March due to job cuts to major industries like airlines and cruise lines. That would be more job losses in any single month in U.S. history.

During the Great Recession from 2007-2009, the greatest job loss was 800,000 people in March 2009.

NewsChannel 5 has compiled a list of businesses looking to hire anyone who may be without work. Businesses interested in being added to the list can email newsroom@newschannel5.com

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.