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In a huge shift because of coronavirus, most doctors now ‘seeing’ patients by phone or video

Some physicians and health regulators say the shift to online medicine could have long-lasting effects.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey pledges $1 billion for coronavirus relief

While other billionaires have announced significant donations to combat the pandemic and the anticipated economic turmoil, Jack Dorsey’s pledge is by far the biggest announced so far.

As more grocery store workers die, employees call for better protection

About 50 Boston-area grocery store workers and their supporters protested outside the Ink Block Whole Foods in the South End Tuesday, wearing face masks and holding signs such as “Essential not disposal” as they demanded employers provide gloves and masks, additional paid sick leave, and time-and-a-half hazard pay during the coronavirus pandemic.

Rally on Wall Street loses steam as oil prices plunge Tuesday; Dow closes down slightly

A big rally on Wall Street lost steam in afternoon trading Tuesday, undercut in part by another plunge in the price of oil. The Dow ended the day with a slight loss of about 30 points after surging in morning trading.

US slashes carbon emissions forecast as people stay home

Greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, cars and other sources in the US are forecast to decline by a whopping 7.5% this year as people use less energy amid a slowing economy and stay-at-home restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus, according to Energy Department data released Tuesday.

Mass. business confidence plunges in March to recession-era levels

A drastic shift from boom times to tough times has dramatically soured the mood among Massachusetts employers.


Pandemic philanthropy reaches new peak with launch of statewide fund

Donors have raised $13M for Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund

Wells Fargo says cap Fed imposed in 2018 is limiting its role in small-business relief

The bank said it can’t fully meet demand from small businesses rushing to participate in the federal relief program passed in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Auto insurers return money to customers during ‘unprecedented’ driving slump

Auto insurers Allstate Corp. and American Family Insurance are returning some money to customers as widespread shutdowns across the U.S. from the coronavirus cut down on driving.

Stocks surge as virus slows in some areas

Stocks rallied Monday as investors seized on signals that the coronavirus outbreak may be peaking in some of the world’s worst-hit places.

Trump says US has deal with 3M on masks for coronavirus fight

President Trump said his administration reached a deal with manufacturer 3M Co. to produce about 55.5 million masks a month for US health-care workers and others fighting coronavirus.

When is it time to restart the US economy?

It’s way too soon to even guess, specialists say.

Telsa unveils ventilator prototype made with car parts

Made from their electric car parts, Tesla unveiled via YouTube that it had a ventilator prototype.