The virus is disproportionately affecting people of color, primarily in densely populated cities. This is where the urban-rural rift also comes into play — and, consequently, a political one.
The virus is disproportionately affecting people of color, primarily in densely populated cities. This is where the urban-rural rift also comes into play — and, consequently, a political one.
Facing economic peril in 2009, “Sheriff Joe” Biden was in charge of how federal stimulus dollars were spent. It’s experience he may compare with President Trump’s response to the coronavirus.
More than 20,600 people have died from the virus as of early Sunday morning, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Health officials are urging Americans to cover their faces to try and slow the coronavirus outbreak. Given shortages and stay-at-home orders, people are getting creative.
COVID-19 has led to the suspension of many clinical studies of experimental treatments. About a quarter of the stopped trials involved new cancer treatments, an NPR analysis finds.
If a major hurricane, flood or wildfire happens during the pandemic, evacuation shelters could be dangerous and cross-state aid impossible. So disaster response experts are planning new strategies.
Under a collaboration between the Trump administration and major corporations, the marketplace and business ties often shape decisions about who gets life-saving equipment, and who has to wait.
“Absentee ballots are typically Republicans’ friends” in Florida says one former GOP campaign operative. Despite condemning mail-in ballots, President Trump cast one himself last month.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams made a personal appeal to communities of color, hit hard by coronavirus, to follow the White House task force recommendations. Watch his remarks.
It is starting to take more time for cases, hospitalizations and deaths to double in several states, indicating social distancing is working. Here’s how to make sense of those numbers.
About 2,100 people died on Friday — the highest daily death toll in the United States so far. Confirmed cases of the coronavirus have been reported in nearly every country around the world.
Now that Bernie Sanders is out of the presidential race and Joe Biden is the presumptive nominee, his campaign is reaching out to progressive groups.
Bits of twisted plant fibers found on a stone tool show that Neanderthals used sophisticated yarns and cords. It pushes the date of the earliest-known fiber technology way back in time.
This week’s primary in Wisconsin, which produced long lines of voters waiting in protective gear to cast their ballots, is a dire warning of what could lie ahead.
We’re in shutdown mode for now, but what comes next? Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is working on a plan to safely reopen the country.
Civil rights groups warn that white nationalists and others are using the video-meeting platform Zoom to target people based on their race, sexuality and religion.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates gives high marks for social distancing efforts but low marks for testing. He says he thinks large public gatherings may have to wait until there’s a vaccine.
“He is in extremely good spirits,” his office said. Johnson’s emergence from intensive care is good news for the leader, who remains in the hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus.
In what he calls a “worst-case” scenario, Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city will be unable to meet the demand for medical workers without help from the federal government.
Many people who have lost jobs during the pandemic are still awaiting unemployment checks and are figuring out which bills to prioritize. Experts share unusual advice for these unusual times.
Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo both point to signs of good news in the coronavirus data, but say that restrictions on nonessential workers and businesses must continue.
The predicted death toll has fallen, Dr. Anthony Fauci says, because of Americans’ embrace of physical separation and other restrictions.
The number of people seeking jobless benefits shot up again last week, as 6.6 million more of the unemployed filed first-time claims. Much of the economy has shut down, leaving millions out of work.
Over the past 10 years the IRS budget has been reduced by roughly 20%, leaving the agency with aging technology and forcing it to cut back on staff and training.
Some health care workers say they’re exhausted and burning out from the stress of treating a stream of critically ill patients in an increasingly overstretched health care system.
Small-town hospitals were already closing at an alarming rate before COVID-19, but now the trend appears to be accelerating just as the disease arrives in rural America.
The new rules apply only to workers in critical infrastructure jobs, a broadly defined group that includes employees in fields from health care to financial services.
President Trump and congressional Democrats are haggling over the size of the next bill designed to help Americans through the crisis.
N95 Masks and gloves are among critical medical supplies under scrutiny under new US crackdown on PPE exports.
Millions of people in Africa are at high risk for COVID-19 and lack reliable access to doctors or medical equipment. Health officials are focusing on preventing the spread of the disease.
As the coronavirus pandemic peak approaches, local officials say the federal government is ending support for COVID-19 community-based testing sites.
With fear of infection on our minds these days, it’s easy to get panicky about every day choices. Infectious disease and food safety experts weigh in on ordering dinner to-go.
Using the COVID-19 pandemic to score political points is dangerous and will cause more deaths, the WHO’s leader said Wednesday, after President Trump criticized the organization.
The horror writer says he understands why fans have said the COVID-19 pandemic feels like living inside one of his novels. King says he doesn’t feel panic or terror, but rather, a “gnawing anxiety.”
The end of the city’s 76-day lockdown is a milestone in China’s efforts to contain the outbreak of the coronavirus that sickened more than 80,000 across the country and overwhelmed health systems.
The Vermont senator is exiting the 2020 race, bowing to the commanding delegate lead that former Vice President Joe Biden has established.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants another $250 billion for small businesses. Democrats want that, plus $250 billion for hospitals and state and local governments.
Mail volume is way down, and the U.S. Postal Service is running out of cash. Advocates want Congress to provide additional funding in the next rescue package.
One of the hardest decisions for any candidate to make is whether to drop out of a race. It’s even harder for the Vermont senator, who, at 78, likely wouldn’t run for president again.
More countries are imposing export restrictions on essential medical materials, to try to keep domestically produced goods — like masks, gloves and ventilators — available for domestic needs.
Millions of jobs have been lost as businesses keep their doors closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Working women have been hit hardest, accounting for nearly 60% of the early job cuts.
First it was his sacking of Capt. Brett Crozier last week; then it was a diatribe he delivered aboard the USS Roosevelt on Monday morning. Now acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is out.
Wondering how bad the coronavirus crisis is going to get where you live? New modeling offers state-by-state projections.
In a letter to shareholders, the JPMorgan Chase CEO applauds the government and the Fed for quick work, but says the pandemic will have devastating consequences for the global economy.
Ben Williamson and Alyssa Farah — both close to new chief of staff Mark Meadows — will play senior roles. Kayleigh McEnany, a campaign spokeswoman, will become the new press secretary.
The milestone comes a day before the government is set to lift outbound travel restrictions on people in Wuhan, the country’s hardest-hit city.
Several processing plants in the U.S. are sitting idle this week because workers are sick with the coronavirus. Other facilities are still operating, but fewer workers are showing up.
“The American people have the power to change the trajectory of this epidemic if we come together like we have after past tragedies in this county,” the U.S. Surgeon General told ABC on Tuesday.
An overblown immune response could be killing a portion of the sick, and some doctors think that new treatments being tested could help at least some of those patients.
One of the hardest-hit facilities is in Oakdale, La. “They feel like they’re sitting ducks,” says Arjeane Thompson, whose boyfriend is an inmate. And staff are working overtime under the strain.
Gov. Tony Evers tried to postpone voting and extend the absentee deadline, but he was blocked by courts. Results for Tuesday’s contests may not appear for days.
The former Vatican treasurer, who had been the highest-ranking Roman Catholic cleric ever found guilty of sexual abuse, was ordered released from prison, where he was serving a six-year sentence.
Johnson, 55, was admitted to the hospital on Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19 on March 26. But Downing Street officials said on Monday that the U.K. leader’s condition has worsened.
During an unannounced visit to the USS Theodore Roosevelt on Sunday, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly tried justifying to its catcalling crew members his sacking of their skipper.
“Tremendous progress has been made in a very short period,” Trump said. But his administration is also trying to brace the public for a dire ordeal.
The pandemic is keeping cars parked, which means fewer crashes — and big savings for auto insurers. Allstate and American Family Insurance have decided to return that extra cash to customers.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said that reported cases had doubled in some countries “as the economic and social pressures and fear have grown.”
Citing public health concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order suspending in-person voting for the state’s April 7 statewide election.
The U.S. trails only Italy (16,523 dead) and Spain (13,055 dead) in the number of people lost to the pandemic.
Citing coronavirus, men’s professional golf organizers have made sweeping changes to the schedule, including canceling the 2020 British Open. The three other golf majors have been postponed.
An office of the Department of Health and Human Services surveyed 323 U.S. hospitals and found shortages of “intravenous therapy poles, medical gas, linens and food.” Many are still scrambling.
The Federal Reserve has moved quickly and creatively to pump money into the rapidly shrinking U.S. economy in hopes of keeping it afloat long enough to outlast the coronavirus pandemic.
The drug has not yet been proven to be an effective treatment for coronavirus.
An internal report from 2017 warned that a novel respiratory illness was the “most likely and significant threat” in a pandemic and noted likely shortages of masks, beds and ventilators.
The 93-year-old monarch urged self-discipline and resolve amid the pandemic. “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.”
There can be emotional and financial strength in a close, multigenerational family, those who live with kids and grandparents say. Now they’re finding ways to keep members safe and sane in a pandemic.
Leaders across faiths in the country are working to bring a sense of community to their congregations, as religious spaces shut down during a worsening coronavirus outbreak.
Congress left for an extended recess as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and may not return for several weeks. Lawmakers say their days have turned into a blur of conference calls and video chats.
As the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus increases, so does the strain on funeral homes across the country. Funeral directors are struggling to meet the soaring demand for their services.
Today’s cartoonists are depicting the novel coronavirus as an angry, spiky ball — reflecting our knowledge of viruses. But before we knew what they looked like, we imagined disease differently.
The president offered a dire outlook on Saturday for the week to come, yet also said, “Some hard decisions are going to have to be made” regarding social distancing guidelines.
There are lots of questions about the novel coronavirus that we try to answer, including whether we should wear masks, if the U.S. is testing enough and if there’s a drug that can treat COVID-19.
But other cases may have to be decided sooner, among them those involving subpoenas for Donald Trump’s financial records, and cases involving the Electoral College.
The president’s son-in-law and senior adviser has emerged as a key figure in the Trump administration’s response to the outbreak.
There have been dramatic spikes in demand for sedatives, pain medications, paralytics, and other drugs that are crucial for patients who are on ventilators.
“I feel happy to have a job that is important,” says a clerk in Portland, Ore. “But safe? No way!” A graphic artist relays the worries, pleas and pride from key workers on the pandemic’s front line.
Atkinson first raised concerns about a complaint involving President Trump’s communications with Ukraine, which led to the impeachment inquiry.
The Trump administration has promised that the first direct payments to taxpayers will arrive in two weeks. The White House has scheduled a briefing on its coronavirus response for 5 p.m. ET.
Simply talking could produce tiny particles of mucus and saliva that might carry the coronavirus, experts say. How much these airborne particles matter for the spread of this disease is controversial.
President Trump told reporters on Thursday that he had taken a second coronavirus test, which was negative.
One big commercial testing lab revealed a backlog of at least 115,000 tests, illustrating the scope of the coronavirus testing problems.
Some Americans, fearing food shortages from COVID-19, have cleaned out supermarket shelves. Yet there’s too much food in some places. Farmers are dumping milk and vegetables that they can’t sell.
The president and others have criticized 3M, with some officials alleging profiteering during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the company says cutting exports would be a mistake.
Many states are projected to have excessive demand for ventilator machines in the coming weeks, but no state government has formally asked hospitals to prepare for difficult and complex crisis triage.
There’s still a serious shortage of testing for COVID-19 across the country. Many people who are sick and showing likely symptoms say they still can’t get tested.
Mike Bloomberg’s presidential bid didn’t last long, but he promised staffers jobs through November. Now some who were abruptly laid off during a pandemic are detailing how they say they were misled.
Federal and state law enforcement are asking questions about Zoom’s security and privacy policies, as millions flock to the videoconferencing service for meetings, classes and social gatherings.
Some 10 million people have filed for unemployment since aggressive policies to combat the coronavirus took effect. But the March jobs report will just scratch the surface of the coming collapse.
Capt. Brett Crozier was relieved of his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier after a highly critical letter he wrote to his superiors went public.
The coronavirus has hit restaurants hard, but President Trump’s proposal to let businesses write off meals is not the answer, critics say. Plus, Trump’s own tax law eliminated the tax break.
Most available coronavirus data doesn’t include ethnic or racial demographics, but public health experts say they fear the response to the pandemic will lead to predictable health care disparities.
The House speaker said the new select committee, chaired by Rep. James Clyburn, will focus on accountability and transparency in the new spending and programs to address the pandemic.
“People don’t know what’s going on here. Now they will,” the engineer allegedly told a California Highway Patrol officer who apprehended him immediately after the incident.
The request from FEMA to the Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency for cadaver pouches follows warnings at the White House of coronavirus death tolls surpassing 100,000.
Many people can ride the disease out at home, but doctors are getting a better idea of who should seek medical attention and when.
The staggering number of people claiming jobless benefits set a new record for the second week in a row. Much of the country has been ordered to stay at home, bringing the economy to a lurching halt.
The Wellness Matrix Group has offered customers an “at-home kit” for coronavirus testing that is “FDA Approved.” But the agency has not approved any such tests, and customers say they feel scammed.
President Trump floated ordering a quarantine in the Northeast, and there are calls for a national stay-at-home order. But the president’s powers are limited.
Healthcare workers say some hospitals are punishing them for wearing personal protective gear in the halls or that they brought from home.
Many low-wage workers with essential jobs — like grocery store cashiers and stockers — can’t stay home to protect themselves and their families. The protections they receive vary widely.
In his daily coronavirus task force briefing, President Trump answered a question about the decision not to reopen the healthcare exchanges for those who are uninsured.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews make up about 12% of Israel’s population — but account for many of Israel’s COVID-19 cases. This week a senior rabbi finally urged his followers to obey government lockdown orders.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report finds that 78% of COVID-19 patients in the U.S. requiring admission to the intensive care unit had at least one underlying condition.
Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s leadership guidance for managing the coronavirus crisis: Instill confidence, tell the truth and fight it like a war.
What’s behind the “14-days of self-quarantine” guidance after exposure to someone with COVID-19 or after travel from a place with high numbers of cases? Think of yourself as a potential incubator.
Medical technology companies — sometimes working with carmakers — have been massively increasing production of ventilators. For two weeks, they’ve been working without government contracts in hand.
People sheltering-in-place because of the coronavirus are looking for ways to stay fit. Solitary ideas like pushups and treadmills are good ideas. But if you need to get outside, here are some tips.
By registering ships in the Bahamas and other countries, many companies can avoid U.S. laws. The Coast Guard says they should seek medical aid from those countries rather than rely on the U.S.
For many college students, walking across the stage isn’t just a celebration, it’s a recognition of years of hard work, and often sacrifices from their families. What happens when it’s cancelled?
In the U.S., health and wealth are often linked. As the coronavirus spreads, experts worry low-income communities will be especially vulnerable — and ill-equipped to respond.
People who migrate South for winter are being told not to return to their year-round homes in the North. Some places that typically welcome their return are asking people to stay away.
America must brace for 100,000 or more people to die in the coming months in the coronavirus pandemic, the White House’s response team warned.
With a lack of tests, epidemiologists say the next best way to monitor the pandemic is by tracking hospitalizations. But hotspots like California and Washington are releasing little information.
There are rumblings that U.S. health officials may start encouraging Americans to wear face masks to cut down on asymptomatic spread. But with continued shortages, it’s not clear how we’d do that.
The Department of Health and Human Services outlined support for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, as the companies work to develop coronavirus vaccines. Beefing up manufacturing capacity is a priority.
With more than 100 sailors reportedly infected, the commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier says the shipboard outbreak will keep spreading unless his 4,000+ crew is quarantined.
As efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic temporarily put millions of Americans out of work, forecasters are predicting a record slowdown in the U.S. economy.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva said gun shops in Los Angeles County were nonessential during the coronavirus outbreak. Then the federal government updated its list of essential industries.
An investigation from NPR and the PBS show Frontline found oil and gas companies had serious doubts that plastic recycling was viable, but promoted it to keep profits high and plastic bans at bay.
Molecular diagnostics are at the frontier of medical science. But along with precise information about health, the tests raise billing questions that can create a minefield for patients.
After weeks of keeping a low profile, the CDC’s Dr. Robert Redfield tells NPR that data will determine future recommendations for wearing masks or easing back on social distancing.
So far, the coronavirus has hit hardest in the wealthy countries of Asia, Europe and the U.S. But the pandemic appears poised to explode in the developing world –which has far fewer resources.
The sudden demand for “white gold” came at just the right time for a new toilet paper factory in Maine. “The demand is insane,” says Tissue Plus owner, Marc Cooper.
“The U.S. domestic market is so large that even a substantial decrease leaves a lot of traffic in the sky,” says Ian Petchenik, of the aviation tracking site Flightradar24.com.
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is expressing cautious optimism that her country will be able to begin a gradual reopening after Easter. “The Danish way of doing things is working,” she said Monday.
One of the top pieces of advice is: Wash your hands to prevent infection. But millions of people don’t have access to running water.
Japan has so far avoided the explosion of cases that China and South Korea have seen. The Japan Medical Association has called for declaring an emergency that could lead to a three-week lockdown.
Domingo’s reported hospitalization comes days after he posted a message on Facebook saying it was his “moral obligation” to reveal he tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus.
As pregnant women and their doctors consider how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting pregnancy and care, maternity wards across the country are reconsidering policies on deliveries and visitors.
Citing the pandemic’s “heavy toll” on its business, Macy’s says it’s furloughing the majority of its employees. Its stores have been closed since March 18 and there’s no sign when they will reopen.
An Ohio-based research group just got expedited FDA approval of its PPE decontamination system after pleas to the White House from the governor. The system cleans up to 80,000 pieces of PPE at a time.
Facebook says it will give $25 million to aid U.S. and Canadian local newspapers and sites. It promises to spend $75 million in ads to pour money into newsrooms ailing financially from Coronavirus.
Supreme Court justices make a big effort to visit public universities. State public records shine a light on these visits, and what they cost the public.
The president repeated his claim that the U.S. is surpassing all other countries in coronavirus testing. But measured on a per capita basis, the U.S. is far behind other countries.
In just two days, the number of coronavirus deaths in the country has doubled from 1,000 fatalities over the course of a month to more than 2,000. Over 135,000 people in the U.S. have been infected.
Fauci’s comments underscore just how far away we might be from the projected peak of the outbreak. As of early Sunday afternoon, there were 125,000 cases in America and nearly 2,200 deaths.
The president’s decision came hours after floating the possibility that he would issue quarantines for the hard-hit states. The CDC later advised residents against non-essential travel for 14 days.
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.
The coronavirus outbreak led President Trump to close U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico last week. At the southern border, the closure is affecting life on both the U.S. and Mexico sides.
Australia’s unprecedented fire season scorched sections of rare, ancient rainforests. It’s another signal that climate change is intensifying and expanding wildfires globally.
Some doctors are sending their children to live elsewhere and rearranging their personal lives as they fight the epidemic.
Lowery got his start as an activist organizing bus boycotts in 1950s Alabama. He led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for two decades and prayed at Barack Obama’s first inauguration.
Governors and mayors in some parts of the country are requiring them to close like many other businesses. Other officials are letting gun sales continue. Gun rights groups are on the defensive.
This veteran of fighting HIV/AIDS around the world knows a thing or two about stopping epidemics. But are some of her assumptions too rosy?
Farmworkers are still working during the coronavirus epidemic. They’re essential. But they’re also at greater risk of infection.
The coronavirus recession hit local newspapers almost immediately. Many have already instituted layoffs or suspended publishing. Some may never come back.
If your regular game night’s been disrupted by social distancing, here are a few ways that you can take tabletop games online — so you can stay safe and still trash talk your friends when you win.
Air travel has rapidly decreased, and Congress has stepped up with assistance: more than $60 billion in aid for airlines, as well as Boeing and some of its critical suppliers.
Leading public health experts argue that all U.S. states should have residents stay at home for several weeks to slow the coronavirus. But what needs to happen after the lockdowns are lifted?
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?
“Case fatality rates have been very confusing,” says Dr. Steven Lawrence, an infectious disease expert. Here’s why.
Under the shadow of new, strict social distancing rules, House lawmakers will take up the $2 trillion plan on Friday. The president is expected to sign the historic measure into law.
Some shippers can’t meet unprecedented demand for basic goods. Others are starved for goods from Asia and are facing a drop-off in U.S. factory production.
Amid the pandemic, President Trump’s approval rating has risen, but it’s not the kind of increase other presidents have seen in other rally-around-the-flag moments.
The U.S. with about 82,000 cases passed China with about 81,000. The cases being detected in the U.S. have risen as more tests have become available, although the wait for tests can still be long.
Under the plan, single people earning incomes below $75,000 will receive as much as $1,200. The White House says it will issue funds in three weeks but experts say it could take months for some.
Testing and treating every case “is not an option; it’s an obligation,” says the WHO’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Both Italy and the U.S. are poised to surpass China’s tally of coronavirus cases.
As more states order residents to stay at home to combat spread of the coronavirus, Mississippi and Florida are taking a different approach.
Violence hasn’t ended, but it’s barely registering headlines. “The corona doesn’t care about religion,” says Palestinian cartoonist Safaa Odah. “Doesn’t care where you live.”
It’s not clear how long the measures, which affect foreigners holding valid visas and residence permits, will remain in place. Exemptions will be made for diplomats and plane crews.
“It’s just really, really tough” for parents to get work done with small children in the house, says professor Robert Kelly, also known as “BBC Dad.”
With coronavirus concerns closing libraries around the world, the nonprofit Internet Archive has suspended its waitlists for the digital copies of more than a million books.
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.
Libraries, gyms, coffee shops and fast food restaurants all help fill gaps in the social safety net. But with those spaces closed due to the coronavirus, unhoused people have few places to go.
Regulators urge consumers not to drain their bank accounts, after reports of large withdrawals by some customers worried about the coronavirus. The FDIC reminds us the public accounts are insured.
Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina has long had President Trump’s ear. Now he’s transitioning to what was a notoriously difficult job, even without a national crisis.
Economists predict that millions of Americans filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week — a number far above the levels seen during the depths of the Great Recession.
New York alone could need nearly 90,000 more beds to deal with coronavirus patients, but in an interview with NPR, Mark Esper cautioned the Pentagon can only offer “a few thousand beds … at most.”
Congress has announced agreement on a $2 trillion economic relief package for the effects of COVID-19. Most households will get a relief check, and unemployment insurance has been greatly expanded.
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.
Usually in U.S. health emergencies — HIV, vaping and more — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is key to shaping policy and explaining it. That’s changing to our detriment, leaders say.
Italy’s fatality rate hovers around 10%. France’s is at around 5%. Yet Germany’s fatality rate from COVID-19 is just 0.5%. As of March 25, there were 175 deaths and 34,055 cases.
The emergency relief package includes direct payments to Americans, expanded unemployment insurance, aid to large and small businesses, and significant funding for the health care industry.
Spain is now the second European country with a death toll higher than China’s. Spain’s health ministry says it is buying more than 5 million coronavirus “quick tests” from China.
People in jail are being released early, arrests are down and some court cases are being postponed as members of the criminal justice system grapple with the coronavirus threat.
To stop COVID-19, retired doctors are signing up to take clinical shifts. Specialists, including dentists, could move to front line care. And med students are fielding calls in overwhelmed clinics.
The shortage of masks and other protective gear has left medical staff pleading for help. Several pop-up volunteer groups are matching individual donors with local hospitals most in need.
Gov. Andy Beshear said he was angry about the case of one young adult who contracted the illness after attending a party designed to flout social distancing guidelines.
Often overshadowed online by his rivals, Joe Biden is holding virtual town halls and fundraisers. He’s also trying to compete for TV airtime as the country is consumed by a historic crisis.
The rival powers are going far beyond public health measures as they dive into a Cold War-like game of move and counter-move even as the global contagion spreads.
The deal means Congress could be close to passing a deal and it comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Republicans and Democrats had closed the gap on their differences.
This coronavirus is novel, meaning how it will manifest is still unclear. About 0.1% who get flu die. It’s estimated that about 1% of those who have gotten coronavirus have died from it.
The president’s informal target to curtail mitigation measures like social distancing comes as the total number of confirmed cases nationwide tops 50,000.
The USPS says that employee safety is its highest priority. But some workers still fear becoming carriers of another kind — catching and spreading the virus themselves.
Avoid layoffs at any cost. Set up emergency financing for states and cities to help health systems. Cut regulations to speed medical response. Those are some recommendations from leading economists.
U.S. stock indexes surged as negotiations continued over a massive stimulus package to help the crippled economy deal with the growing effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Journalist Dylan Baddour is among the thousands of Americans in Peru waiting to return to the United States during the coronavirus outbreak.
The House speaker said a Senate agreement could be “done in the next few hours.” The remarks are a boost for an approximately $2 trillion deal to revitalize an economy hobbled by the outbreak.
The Trump administration says not everyone needs a test, but experts say a strategy of broad testing and isolating the sick is our best way to solve this crisis.
A videographer spent two decades documenting the the salvage of the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and when North Carolina put his work on line without permission, he sued.
“Do not believe the disinformation campaigns,” Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf tweeted. “Please do not pass it along. Use trusted local and federal government sources.”
Clean energy groups have their own wish list for the massive coronavirus stimulus bill. They say the country’s ability to tackle climate change is at stake.
There is growing interest in expanding voting by mail, at least for the remainder of 2020, in order to keep pollworkers and voters safe. But there are many challenges to pulling it off.
Pressure is ratcheting up for Congress to enact an unprecedented economic relief package that will provide aid to every rung of the U.S. economy.
The White House team says it will make an assessment after next week as to how effective social distancing and other mitigation measures have been in stifling the spread of the virus.
After a positive coronavirus test for Sen. Rand Paul, Sens. Mitt Romney and Mike Lee, who said they had recent contact with Paul but showed no symptoms, voluntarily self-quarantine.
President Trump has issued contradictory statements about whether he’s ordering private companies to ramp up production of medical goods. At the center of all this is the Defense Production Act.
“We don’t want Dallas or New Orleans or Chicago to turn into the next New York,” U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Monday morning.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average and other U.S. stock indexes fell again Monday as central bankers and lawmakers struggled to deal with the coronavirus pandemic’s economic damage.
Seven U.S. states are now reporting 1,000 or more cases of COVID-19, and experts believe the number of infected people will rise further as testing becomes more available.
Here’s what the latest research says about pregnancy and the coronavirus — and what doctors and hospitals recommend to keep pregnant mothers and newborns safe.
Some prisons are waiving fees for hygiene supplies and county jails are releasing certain inmates early to combat the potential threat posed by the Covid-19 virus.
The president encouraged automakers to produce critical supplies that would help with shortages due to the coronavirus. But he has yet to enforce the Cold War relic, which he invoked last Wednesday.
The Senate is hoping for a vote on Monday, but congressional leaders said on Sunday they have yet to reach agreement on what would be the largest bill yet in response to the outbreak.
The Kentucky Republican has become the first U.S. senator to test positive for the coronavirus.
Americans are collectively putting much of the economy on lockdown. The priorities are clear: to save lives. For now, that means America is an economic ghost town.
Announcements in three more states on Sunday brought the number of Americans who are currently under — or soon to be under — orders to stay home to more than 101 million.
Consider the experiences of “wartime presidents” since FDR, including Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and both Presidents Bush, before deciding you want to be a wartime president.
Tourists are being banned outright after many countries on the continent reported a sharp increase in the number of cases this past week.
Rapid shutdowns to stem the coronavirus have delivered an unprecedented blow to restaurants around the U.S. Many are quickly running out of cash and their workers are losing their jobs.
Doctors in Italy are overwhelmed by coronavirus cases and prioritizing which patients get care. Many U.S. doctors could soon be making the same life-or-death decisions.
The vice president said he and his wife would be tested for the coronavirus, after an aide in his office was diagnosed with respiratory illness.
Abortion rights groups say the coronarvirus crisis is being used as a cover to restrict abortion access statewide.
In an act of solidarity amid social distancing and the coronavirus pandemic, residents of a Dallas apartment complex leaned out of their windows to sing “Lean on Me.”
The death toll from the virus grew by nearly 800 to a total of 4,825, officials announced Saturday.
The White House has announced a flurry of actions it says are making a difference against the coronavirus pandemic, but a closer look finds some aren’t what they seem and others remain to be executed.
The three-time Grammy-winning icon, whose hits included “Lucille,” “Lady” and “The Gambler,” died at home in Sandy Springs, Ga., his family said in a statement.
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It is unclear why they decided to follow the 18-wheeler, but Guilford County Sheriff’s deputies said the excursion paid off. The truck was teeming with TP.
Individuals and businesses are slashing air travel. For example, about 624,000 people passed through airport security checkpoints Thursday, compared to 2.4 million people on the same day last year.
“Clearly, by the end of April, our health care system will collapse,” said Brazil’s Health Minister, Luiz Henrique Mandetta. Confirmed cases surged by 283 in one day to 904.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo takes what he calls “the ultimate step” in his state’s effort to stop the spread of a deadly coronavirus. Similar orders are coming from Connecticut, Nevada and New Jersey.
The Dow fell more than 900 points, leaving the index 2.8% lower than when President Trump took office. The drop culminated a staggering week of losses as the coronavirus impact took an economic toll.
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Thermometers and cleaning supplies are seeing spikes in demand, predictably — but now so are snacks and perishable food items. See the latest rundown of what’s been selling.
The coronavirus task force insisted progress is being made as concerns over shortages mount, and officials emphasized current social distancing guidelines. Here are the briefing highlights.
The supply of oil has surged as the coronavirus pandemic has destroyed demand. Prices have plummeted and analysts are starting to ask if the world will have enough space to store all the extra oil.
There are definitely similarities between COVID-19, caused by the coronavirus, and influenza. But there are critical differences as well, including the death rate.
More than 200,000 people so far have been reported to have the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The first 100,000 were reported over more than three months; the rest got it in just 12 days.
The bureau can’t stop work in the way many Americans have in response to the coronavirus. Special agents are interviewing remotely, staggering work hours and wearing protective gear.
The White House is asking Congress to approve billions for agencies and programs across the federal government. Here’s a breakdown of what each agency would get.
Fifteen percent of hospital pharmacists who prepare injectable drugs are going without the protective masks they typically rely on, or are using substitutes for the masks.
The directive is the widest-ranging so far of any state grappling with the growing COVID-19 epidemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he is confident that Californians will comply.
In Europe, with cases on the rise, researchers are learning more about the spread of the disease. For one, people experiencing mild symptoms appear to be able to spread the virus easily.
Sen. Richard Burr issued a warning at a private event weeks ago to prepare for dire effects from the coronavirus, going further than his more public comments, according to a recording obtained by NPR.
The country has universal health care. But now, fighting tens of thousands of coronavirus cases, Italian hospitals and medical staff are overwhelmed, prompting anguished debate.
The World Health Organization and other experts say there’s no real evidence that patients taking the drug to ease symptoms have negative effects. But for fever, Tylenol’s often recommended first.
Reps. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., have both tested positive for COVID-19, and others are in self-quarantine. At this time, neither chamber allows members to vote remotely.
U.S. stock indexes fluctuated Thursday as investors tried to absorb the latest financial impacts of the coronavirus. The Dow and other indexes quickly went from being down, to up, then down again.
Li Wenliang’s warnings about the virus initially got him reprimanded by authorities in Wuhan. Now, six weeks after he died of COVID-19, Chinese investigators say they should have acted differently.