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Want To See What Your City's Pandemic Plan Says? Good Luck.

NPR reached out to the public health departments serving some of the largest cities in the U.S. Most did not have their most current pandemic response plan posted publicly and many were out of date.

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Tennessee Orders Residents To Remain Home

Tennessee has followed neighboring states in ordering residents to remain at home. Tennessee had looser coronavirus restrictions but new data show residents have not adhered to those warnings.

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Get Money Out To The Economy Quickly, Ex-Treasury Secretary Says

Henry Paulson, who served during the 2008 financial crisis, says sending money rapidly to people and businesses will be the key to limiting damage to the economy.

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WATCH: Coronavirus Task Force Holds Briefing Amid Record Unemployment Numbers

Roughly 10 million people have filed for unemployment in the last two weeks, the Labor Department reported on Thursday. Watch the briefing live.

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U.K. Health Workers Decry Low Rate Of Coronavirus Tests For Medical Staff

The British government is under fire for only testing a tiny percentage of National Health Service staff as deaths from COVID-19 in the United Kingdom quickly rise to nearly 3,000.

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FDA Loosens Restrictions On Gay Blood Donors Amid 'Urgent Need' Caused By Coronavirus

Federal rules had made such donors wait 12 months before donating. That wait is now three months. The coronavirus outbreak has caused donor centers to be closed and blood drives canceled.

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The High-Stakes Race to Build More Ventilators

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 16:13
The US is short of ventilators to help Covid-19 patients breathe. Ford, GM, and satellite-launch company Virgin Orbit are trying to fill the gap.
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Greece Records First Coronavirus Cases Among Refugees, Imposes Quarantine On Camp

At least 20 refugees in a camp outside Athens have tested positive for COVID-19. Some 60,000 refugees live in camps in Greece, some crammed into tight quarters with little access to water or soap.

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1 Million Coronavirus Cases Have Now Been Reported Worldwide

"This virus, which was unknown to us three months ago, has exposed the weaknesses and inequities in our health systems and societies," World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says.

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Ventilators Are No Panacea For Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients

Ventilators can be lifesaving for some critically ill patients, but they're no panacea. The experience so far with COVID-19 is that the majority of patients put on ventilators don't survive.

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Alternative Mourning Rituals Offer Comfort And Closure During An Outbreak

A program in the Democratic Republic of Congo has helped survivors mourn the loss of a loved one to Ebola — and may be relevant for families coping with death in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cruise Ships With Sick People Dock In Florida

Florida relents and will allow a Carnival cruise ship with sick passengers and crew to dock in Fort Lauderdale. The Zaandam has been at sea for weeks after leaving Argentina.

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Israel's Defense And Spy Agencies Step Up Anti-Coronavirus Efforts

Usually quiet Israeli government agencies and contractors are going public with their battle against COVID-19.

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FACT CHECK: Trump Pushes Tax Break To Boost Restaurants, But Would It Actually Help?

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.

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To Stay Aloft With Federal Aid, Airlines Must Keep Flying

To get a share of $50 billion in aid, airlines must maintain minimal service to where they fly now, and no consolidating flights between carriers.

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They Call Him A Hero: Dr. Zhong Is The Public Face Of China's War Against Coronavirus

The 83-year-old, weightlifting pulmonologist is widely seen as a source of reliable information — although one recent comment seems to have been politicized by the government..

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For Homeless People, Covid-19 Is Horror on Top of Horror

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:43
As the coronavirus spreads, unhoused people are among the most vulnerable to infection.
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'War Doctor' Says Treating COVID-19 Is Like Fighting An Invisible Enemy

Trauma surgeon David Nott has volunteered in war zones and disaster areas around the world. Now he's treating COVID-19 patients in London. He calls the pandemic a "disaster zone for the whole world."

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Democratic National Convention Pushed Back A Month, And The Format May Change

Originally set for July, the convention has been rescheduled for mid-August in Milwaukee because of the coronavirus.

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The (Political) Science Behind Trump's Coronavirus Approval Ratings

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:15
The president is presiding over a public health nightmare and a mounting economic crisis. So why are voters warming up to him?
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