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A Reward Of Liquor For Coronavirus Heroes In China Does Not Bring Cheers

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-28 11:01, modified at 13:11

A token of appreciation for medical staff who worked in Wuhan when coronavirus was at its peak is getting an icy reception on social media.


Coronavirus FAQs: Does It Live On Clothes? Can My Dog Infect Me? Any Advice On Wipes?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-27 21:31, modified at 21:53

Among the questions this week: Can you get COVID-19 more than once? What's the maximum surface area that can be treated with one disinfecting wipe?


Mystery In Wuhan: Recovered Coronavirus Patients Test Negative ... Then Positive

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-27 13:28, modified at 20:54

NPR interviewed four residents of Wuhan who contracted the virus, recovered — but then had a retest that turned positive. What does that mean for China's recovery from COVID-19?


Why 'Death Rates' From Coronavirus Can Be Deceiving

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-27 13:01, modified on 2020-03-28 14:03

"Case fatality rates have been very confusing," says Dr. Steven Lawrence, an infectious disease expert. Here's why.


How South Korea Reined In The Outbreak Without Shutting Everything Down

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-26 18:41, modified at 21:43

It's one of several places in Asia that did not use draconian lockdown strategies to slow the spread of the coronavirus.


Is Loss Of Smell And Taste A Symptom Of COVID-19? Doctors Want To Find Out

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-26 14:27, modified on 2020-03-27 01:15

They have seen patients who presented with these symptoms — then tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Now they're gathering data to see if they can prove that there is indeed a connection.


Quarantined In India: No Soap, Dirty Toilets, Not Enough Coronavirus Tests

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-25 20:51, modified on 2020-03-26 12:56

Billions of Indians face a strict lockdown. Those in quarantine have their own set of concerns about unsafe conditions.


The Coronavirus Is Mutating. But That May Not Be A Problem For Humans

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-25 18:13, modified at 21:44

As the virus makes copies of itself, errors may creep in, changing its genetic makeup. Researchers are trying to determine if the changes are significant.


'The Dread Of Responsibility' — Paul Farmer On The Pandemic And Poor Countries

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-24 21:04, modified on 2020-03-25 21:44

The co-founder of Partners in Health talks about the challenges facing already challenged health-care systems as coronavirus spreads.


When Cancer And Coronavirus Collide: Fear And Resilience

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-22 11:01, modified on 2020-03-25 21:44

Cancer makes you face your mortality. Add in coronavirus and there's even more stress. What do people with cancer need to get by? And what can they teach us about coping?


African Countries Respond Quickly To Spread Of COVID-19

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-21 11:53, modified at 14:43

Countries are doing everything from closing schools to banning weddings. But there is concern about the toll on fragile health-care systems, livelihoods and people with HIV, TB and malaria.


Coronavirus FAQs: Can I Go Running? Is Food Shopping Too Risky? What's Herd Immunity?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-20 20:51, modified on 2020-03-21 14:43

Each week we're answering pressing questions about the coronavirus pandemic. This week the topics range from outdoor exercise to ibuprofen.


Do You Get Immunity After Recovering From A Case Of Coronavirus?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-20 19:39, modified on 2020-03-21 17:41

The hope is that a person who has recovered from COVID-19 would have some protection against reinfection in the future. Here's what researchers do — and don't — know.


How The Novel Coronavirus And The Flu Are Alike ... And Different

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-20 16:03, modified on 2020-03-23 16:00

There are definitely similarities between COVID-19, caused by the coronavirus, and influenza. But there are critical differences as well, including the death rate.


Life In Lockdown: From Shock To Panic To ... Acceptance

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-18 16:15, modified at 17:12

In Wuhan, China, most of the millions of people on lockdown have not gotten sick from COVID-19. But worries and isolation can affect their mental health.


'A Socioeconomic Tsunami': How The World Is Dealing With Pandemic

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-18 10:43, modified at 16:26

Developments on the ground in the past 24 hours come as the worldwide total of confirmed infections edged toward 200,000, with some 8,000 dead from COVID-19.


My Hand-Washing Song: Readers Offer Lyrics For A 20-Second Scrub

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-17 20:16, modified at 21:05

Yes, you can sing "Happy Birthday" twice. Or the ABC song. And you'll hit the recommended time for effective hand-washing. But why stop there? Our readers have groovy musical alternatives.


PHOTOS: Public Life Is Surreal In A Pandemic

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-17 16:03, modified at 17:58

A virus first identified in December has altered daily life and public spaces around the globe. These images capture scenes from this unnerving era.


U.K. Steps Up Coronavirus Prevention, But Its Hospitals Have Already Been Strained

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-17 14:28, modified at 19:42

The virus pandemic comes at a vulnerable time for the Britain's overburdened public health care system.


EU Locks Down Borders As France, Germany Tighten Restrictions To Control Coronavirus

Permalink - Posted on 2020-03-17 09:34, modified at 21:52

The European Union's extraordinary measure reverses an earlier reluctance by member states and follow suit with the U.S., which has banned non-citizens from EU countries.