The Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over the National Mall on May 2 in Washington, DC. Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds paid tribute to first responders and other health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, flying over Baltimore, Washington and Atlanta on Saturday.

The big picture: Health care workers are at especially high risk of catching the coronavirus, because of their prolonged exposure to patients who have it. Between 10% and 20% of doctors, nurses and other health care workers are infected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in mid-April.

A crowd lingers on a hill in Baltimore, Maryland, after watching the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels perform a flyover on May 2. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images
People gather in a park to watch the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds fly over Washington, D.C. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images
The Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds fly around Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park on May 2. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
The Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds fly over Atlanta on May 2. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images
A crowd watches in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 2. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images
The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds streak through the skies over Washington, D.C. on May 2. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images
The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds climb behind the Washington Monument on May 2. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds jet over the Lincoln Memorial on May 2. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

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Nurses rally nationwide to demand protection amid pandemic

Healthcare workers on their way to work walk past demonstrators taking part in a national day of action in Miami on Wednesday. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Nurses took more than 200 active demonstrations inside and outside U.S. hospital facilities in at least 16 states and the District of Columbia on Wednesday to demand full personal protective equipment and federal government action.

Driving the news: National Nurses United (NNU) members are demanding that the Senate pass the HEROES Act, House Democrats' $3 trillion pandemic recovery package, which they said would protect health care workers by ensuring domestic production of PPE through the Defense Production Act.

Fauci: Coronavirus task force to examine aerosolized spread


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The White House coronavirus task force will examine more closely just how much SARS-CoV-2 might be transmitted via aerosols, and not just from droplets, NIAID director Anthony Fauci said Wednesday at an online forum sponsored by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Why it matters: The longer the coronavirus can remain infectious in the air, the more likely it can infect people, particularly indoors — leading to the possible need to alter air filtration and circulation within buildings.

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The Philippines' economy sunk into recession as its gross domestic product shrank 16.5% in the second quarter — marking the lowest reading since 1981, official figures show.

The big picture: Millions of Filipinos went on lockdown Tuesday as cases surged past 106,300, with stay-at-home orders in place for two weeks in Manila and nearby provinces on the island of Luzon, per the BBC. The economy's contraction is the "deepest" on record, Bloomberg notes.