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Amazon says it’s building a new lab to test its employees for COVID-19. But experts and employees wonder if that’s a good thing.

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In an April 9 blog post, Amazon announced it was building a COVID-19 testing lab for employees.
Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told Business Insider the logic is sound. But he worries that Amazon could end up competing with state governments over finite testing resources.
Employees told Business Insider they would prefer Amazon focused on short-term deliverables, including better pay.
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Amazon has been doing great, especially since the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic, with sales to self-quarantined customers reportedly up by a third since this time last year. But the online retailer has also been faced with a public relations nightmare, every day bringing word — leaked to the press — of another warehouse or delivery station with a case of COVID-19.

Workers have told Business Insider that they are scared, despite efforts by the company to promote social distancing and begin checking employees for signs of fever at the start of each shift. At a facility outside Philadelphia, over a dozen people walked off the job, “freaking out,” according to a source there, after receiving automated word that another colleague was infected.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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