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Last Mile Health CEO Raj Panjabi argues community health workers are a win-win for fighting Covid-19

A photo of a man sitting in his car wearing a mask waiting to get tested by a health care worker.
A photo of a man sitting in his car wearing a mask waiting to get tested by a health care worker.
A man prepares for a mouth swab at a drive-through coronavirus testing site for residents who have symptoms and an order from a health care provider on Quincy Street in Arlington, Virginia, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images

There are more than 200,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 reported worldwide as of March 19. Continued sharp increases in infections may overwhelm health systems in any country, but especially places that are facing shortages of nurses, doctors, and other frontline health providers. The pandemic is also dealing an economic blow. People across America and around the world are losing their jobs as requirements to cancel large gatherings of people, social distance, or shelter in place make it impossible for many businesses to continue. Earlier this week it was reported that the pandemic could drive up unemployment to 20%, a rate…

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