Coronavirus Coverage

BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 22: A surgical mask and an N95 mask hang on display for sale at a pharmacy during the novel coronavirus crisis on April 22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Germany is taking its first steps to ease restrictions on public life that had been imposed weeks ago in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Shops across the country are reopening, factory assembly lines are restarting and high schools are holding final exams. Health leaders are monitoring the process carefully for any resurgence of coronavirus (Covid-19) infections. The number of infections nationwide is still rising, though so far at a declining rate. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

43 employees at Braskem America Petrochemical plant in Marcus Hook clocked in on March 23rd for the longest shift of their lives. They moved into the plant as if it was a makeshift college dormitory and lived there for 28 days. The 43 men worked 12 hour shifts to produce millions of pounds of raw materials that will be turned into face masks and surgical gowns worn. These materials will be worn on the frontlines in the fight against coronavirus. On Sunday, after 28 days, the team finally clocked out. Braskem America CEO Mark Nikolich said that no one told them they had to do it. All of the employees volunteered to hunker down for four weeks. They will be awarded with one week off and a raise!