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Contact Tracers In Massachusetts Order Milk And Help With Rent. Here's Why

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 18:01

The state offers support and resources for people isolating because of COVID-19 — helping them make choices that keep everyone safe. It's work more states need to fund, experts say.


New Zealand On Alert After 4 Cases Of COVID-19 Emerge From Unknown Source

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 16:20, modified at 16:53

The cases came after 102 days with no community spread. The four are members of the same family. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a three-day period of high restrictions due to the new cluster.


Skepticism Greets Putin's Announcement Of Russian Coronavirus Vaccine

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 15:14, modified at 16:00

It's the first country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, but it has not finished Phase III trials to assess safety and effectiveness in the general population.


Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 12:15, modified at 16:00

A map of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths around the world. The respiratory disease has spread rapidly across six continents and has killed thousands of people.


Tracking The Pandemic: Are Coronavirus Cases Rising Or Falling In Your State?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 12:10, modified at 12:11

View NPR's maps and graphics to see where COVID-19 is hitting hardest in the U.S., which state outbreaks are growing and which are leveling off.


Secret Gyms And The Economics Of Prohibition

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 10:30, modified at 12:11

COVID-19 safeguards have created a black market for gyms.


At Least 97,000 Children Tested Positive For Coronavirus In Last 2 Weeks Of July

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 09:11, modified at 14:22

President Trump falsely claimed that children are "almost immune" from the coronavirus, but a new review of state data finds child cases are up 40%.


California Gov. Says Trump Unemployment Executive Action Spells Disaster For Budget

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-11 01:29, modified at 14:28

"There is no money sitting in the piggy bank of the previous CARES Act to be reprioritized or reconstituted" to pay the state's share, Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Monday.


Shooting Outside White House Interrupts Trump Briefing

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 22:41, modified on 2020-08-11 03:29

The Secret Service says a man told a uniformed Secret Service officer that he had a gun and aimed an object toward the officer, who fired his weapon. The man was taken to a hospital.


You 2.0: The Mind's Eye

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 22:36, modified on 2020-08-11 03:29

Some challenges feel insurmountable. But psychologist Emily Balcetis says the solutions are often right in front of our eyes. This week, as part of our annual series on personal growth and reinvention, Emily explains how we can harness our sight to affect our behavior.


5,000,000 Cases And Counting: The U.S. Is Still Failing To Contain The Virus

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 22:10, modified on 2020-08-11 03:29

A school district in Georgia learned firsthand last week that the virus is almost impossible to contain — especially without masks and social distancing.

A new effort in New York City encourages travelers to self-isolate when they get into town.

And public health workers in Texas and California explain that the size of the outbreak makes contact tracing a huge challenge.

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California And Texas Health Officials: Mistrust A Major Hurdle For Contact Tracers

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 19:48, modified on 2020-08-11 13:31

In Harris County, Texas, about 25% of people are "absolutely unwilling to share anything," says a local health department epidemiologist. Misinformation is one reason for the mistrust, officials say.


In New Zealand, Life Is Ordinary Again After 101 Days With No Community Spread

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 17:12, modified at 19:50

The head of the World Health Organization has called the island nation "a global exemplar" for its success in controlling the virus.


Opioid Scandal Haunts Drug Companies As They Respond To Pandemic

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 17:05, modified at 21:48

Thousands of lawsuits that ground to a halt because of COVID-19 are moving forward again as local, state and federal courts reopen around the U.S.


Is Singing Together Safe In The Era Of Coronavirus? Not Really, Experts Say

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 09:00, modified at 17:37

Schools, faith and community groups as well as professional musicians are all struggling with the risks of singing. Experts present the most recent research and offer strategies to mitigate the risks.


What It's Like When COVID-19 Lasts For Months

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 09:00, modified at 17:17

Some people who get COVID-19 are stuck with lasting, debilitating symptoms. Two women share their stories of how they've been suffering for the "long haul."


'A Homeless Pandemic' Looms As 30 Million Are At Risk Of Eviction

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-10 09:00, modified at 15:30

Federal and state eviction bans, put in place during the pandemic, have lapsed. President Trump's executive order to prevent evictions isn't enough and Congress needs to act, housing activists say.


A National Lockdown Could Be The Economy's Best Hope, Says Minneapolis Fed President

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 20:03, modified at 22:16

Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, is calling for a six-week lockdown to save lives and the economy.


Meet The Medical Professionals Playing Classical Music Together Online

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 11:55, modified on 2020-08-10 12:55

The National Virtual Medical Orchestra brings together health care workers and gives them a creative outlet during the pandemic.


COVID-19 May Never Go Away — With Or Without A Vaccine

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 11:07, modified on 2020-08-11 14:39

The virus might eventually behave more like the common cold, according to Vineet Menachery, a coronavirus researcher at the University of Texas Medical Branch.


A Global Guide To Binge-worthy TV For The Pandemic

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 11:00, modified on 2020-08-10 13:11

Lost children! Angry lovers! Time travel! A show referred to as 'The Muslim Game Of Thrones" We asked reporters to tell us about the shows that people are obsessing around the world.


Dear World, You're Not Going To Have The Year You Thought You'd Have

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-09 11:00, modified at 17:33

A writer shares how his wife's journey with cancer prepared them both to adapt during this unpredictable and chaotic time.


Children Can Get Severe COVID-19, CDC Says — Especially Black And Hispanic Children

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-08 18:25, modified at 19:41

One out of three children hospitalized for the coronavirus was admitted to the intensive care unit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, analyzing data from 14 states.


A Yazidi Survivor's Struggle Shows The Pain That Endures After ISIS Attack

Permalink - Posted on 2020-08-08 12:00, modified at 16:22

Six years after ISIS committed genocide against Iraq's ancient religious minority group, the Yazidis are not getting the help they need to recover.