Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY Published 12:01 a.m. ET April 14, 2020 | Updated 6:24 a.m. ET April 14, 2020CLOSE We answer the often searched question: “What are the symptoms of coronavirus versus the flu?” USA TODAYA shortage of personal protective equipment weakens health workers’ ability to do their jobs in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. A partial solution: the gloves you have stored in your garage. Tuesday, a coalition of private and nonprofit organizations announced an initiative to let people donate masks and stored-away medical equipment directly to hospitals more efficiently. If you have a handful of N95 masks you can contribute or if your company has leftover gloves sitting in a supply closet, you can mail them in. And you don’t have to pay a cent. Companies such as UPS, Microsoft, the American Hospital Association and Kaiser Permanente are among those that built out the infrastructure for the project called “Protecting People Everywhere,” using the same initials for the much needed personal protective equipment, or PPE. The coalition primarily asks for gloves, medical-grade respirators, goggles and gowns. There is a 10 unit minimum to donate. Your smartphone is 7 times dirtier than your toilet: Here’s how to clean itCoronavirus fallout: Amazon places new online grocery customers on a waiting listHow it worksAt the

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