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FCA first US automaker hit with coronavirus (update)

by David Zatz on

FCA was the first U.S. automaker to report an active domestic case of coronavirus: a worker at a Kokomo transmission plants.

FCA has sanitized the employee’s area, and is working on sanitizing the rest of the plant; those who may have been infected have been put into home quarantines, according to a spokesman, while the employee is under medical care.  Update: The employee is alive and the co-workers might not have been affected.

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Production has not slowed or stopped, but FCA is taking measures to reduce crowding and prevent any further spread. The virus is a greater problem in northern Italy, where it is slowing production.

The COVID-19 coronavirus has brought major quarantine efforts in most countries because of its high death toll, currently estimated at 3.5% by reputable scientific groups, coupled with the ease with which it spreads. The flu has a death toll of roughly 0.1% and tends to disappear during the summer; some experts do not believe that COVID-19 will fall substantially in the summer.

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