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WHO Reviews "Available" Evidence On Coronavirus Transmission Through Air

1 hour 39 min ago

A scientific brief from the World Health Organization says "current evidence" points to infectious respiratory droplets passed in "close contact" situations, but some say it's too soon to be sure

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Who Feeds Fiona? Cincinnati Zookeepers Make Sure There Are No Hungry Hippos

1 hour 47 min ago

Fiona is a 3-year-old, 1,300-pound hippo, and she's a growing girl. Her keeper, Jenna Wingate, is grateful to be able to work during the coronavirus crisis: "It feels good to be needed," she says.

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Apple's New Tool Lets You Screen Yourself For COVID-19

2 hours 49 min ago

A new COVID-19 website and app will then offer recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to do next.

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Trump, Esper Wish Bon Voyage To Hospital Ship Bound For New York City

4 hours 27 min ago

The president and defense secretary said the USNS Comfort would offer its roughly 1,000 hospital beds as surge capacity for non-coronavirus sufferers in the New York region, freeing up space on land.

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Trump Says He May Quarantine New York, Connecticut, New Jersey: 'It's A Hot Spot'

4 hours 59 min ago

The president's comments Saturday came as news to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "I don't even know what that means," Cuomo said at a briefing.

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Why It Takes So Long To Get Most COVID-19 Test Results

6 hours 5 min ago

Even many symptomatic patients and exposed health workers who are able to get a COVID-19 test must wait nearly a week to get results. Others get results in hours. Here's why it varies so much.

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Former Sen. Tom Coburn, Fiscal Hawk And 'Dr. No,' Dies At 72

6 hours 26 min ago

The Republican from Oklahoma died Saturday after a fight with prostate cancer. During his time in Congress, Coburn earned a reputation for fighting spending, no matter whom he crossed in the process.

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Small, Far-Flung Pacific Islands Are Combating COVID-19 Just Like The Rest Of Us

8 hours 8 min ago

As many island nations attempt to keep the coronavirus out, they also risk getting cut off from the outside world their economies depend on.

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Confirmed Cases Of Coronavirus Crest 600,000 Worldwide

8 hours 9 min ago

The global pandemic hit the milestone overnight, taking a particularly heavy toll on Italy, Spain and the U.S. Its real extent is likely larger — yet still unknown as countries catch up with testing.

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$2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill Presents A Reckoning For Libertarians

8 hours 58 min ago

In years to come, how will fiscal conservatives who voted for $2 trillion attack the cost of budget items that will now look like rounding error or "decimal dust"?"

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One Way to Help Strapped Hospitals? Print PPE Using 3D Printers

9 hours 58 min ago

As coronavirus cases soar globally and medical workers face a dearth of protective gear, citizens are stepping up in unique ways to combat the health crisis.

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Opinion: Remembering Some Of Those We've Already Lost To The Pandemic

10 hours 41 min ago

We often think of fatality rates as statistics — numbers on a chart. But each one represents a real person. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on some of those who have been lost so far in the pandemic.

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

11 hours 58 min ago

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.

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Life On The U.S.-Mexico Frontier Dramatically Altered By Partial Border Shutdown

11 hours 58 min ago

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.

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Fires Where They Are 'Not Supposed To Happen' In Australia's Ancient Rainforest

11 hours 58 min ago

Australia's unprecedented fire season scorched sections of rare, ancient rainforests. It's another signal that climate change is intensifying and expanding wildfires globally.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Takes A Toll On ER Doctors' Health And Families

11 hours 59 min ago

Some doctors are sending their children to live elsewhere and rearranging their personal lives as they fight the epidemic.

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Rev. Joseph Lowery, 'Dean' Of The Civil Rights Movement, Dies At 98

12 hours 14 min ago

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.

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Federal Judge Considers Release of Migrant Children In Custody As COVID-19 Spreads

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 22:45

A federal judge in California wants all minors who were apprehended crossing into the U.S. alone to be released in an orderly fashion. But she refrained from mandating their immediate release.

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Players And MLB Agree To Terms In Case Coronavirus Cancels Entire Baseball Season

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 21:33

On Friday, players and the Major League Baseball owners ratified a deal fairly quickly and with both sides taking concessions on economic issues in the face of the pandemic complicating the season.

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FACT CHECK: N.Y. Governor Slams Trump Ventilator Claim As 'Ignorant' And 'Uninformed'

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 20:42

The president said New York ignored ventilators sent by the federal government. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired back, saying the president's view was "incorrect and grossly uninformed."

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