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Coronavirus: Airbnb hosts are offering subsidized housing for health care workers

On Thursday, Airbnb announced it will help provide housing for 100,000 health care workers across the globe

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In this April 19, 2016, file photo, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks during an event in San Francisco.

In this April 19, 2016, file photo, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks during an event in San Francisco.

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many health care workers are moving out of their homes to protect their families from exposure to the virus and be closer to work. On Thursday, Airbnb announced it will help provide housing for 100,000 health care workers across the globe.

“Medical workers and first responders are providing lifesaving support during the coronavirus outbreak and we want to help,” Airbnb cofounder Joe Gebbia said on the company’s blog. “We’ve heard from countless hosts around the world who want to provide a comforting home to heroic first responders.”

To make the host homes safe, Airbnb has updated its cleaning protocols to include a minimum of 72 hours of vacancy before a new guest moves in. The company is also enforcing higher cleaning standards and mandatory social distancing between hosts and guests, TechCrunch reports.

Airbnb is working with the Red Cross, International Rescue Committee, International Medical Corps and other nonprofits to help find locations that need donated residences the most, according to TechCrunch.

The company has already piloted the program in Italy and France, where almost 6,000 hosts have offered their spaces, CNA reports.