Archive for March 31st, 2020

Feds Warn Merchants Not Make Coronavirus Treatment Claims | | March 31 2020, 9:20 PM

The FDA has sent warning letters to seven marketers of products including essential oils, nasal sprays and herbal concoctions. No treatments or vaccines for COVID-19 have been approved.

Cruise Ship Struggling With COVID-19 Headed To Florida

Health | | March 31 2020, 9:00 PM

A cruise ship with four dead and nearly 200 people who have been sick with suspected COVID-19 may dock in Fort Lauderdale if cruise company executives and public officials can agree on a plan.

Justice Department Looking Into Senator's Stock Sell-Off

Crime & Justice | | March 31 2020, 8:40 PM

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr sold off a large amount of stocks before the coronavirus market crash. The FBI will assess whether he was motivated by nonpublic information.

Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: Death Toll, Treating COVID-19 And Testing Scams | | March 31 2020, 8:00 PM

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we answer your questions about the government's response to the pandemic, the death toll in the U.S. and potential testing scams.

FACT CHECK: Trump Praises Florida Governor Despite Criticism Of Coronavirus Response

Politics | | March 31 2020, 8:00 PM

President Trump claimed ally and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has taken "decisive steps" against the virus, but public health experts and a pending lawsuit say his leadership has been inadequate.

Models Of Epidemic Predict Huge U.S. Death Toll; Scientists Hope For Better Outcome

Health | | March 31 2020, 7:40 PM

Computer models predict that between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans will die from COVID-19 in the months ahead. Administration officials said public health interventions could still lower the toll.

FACT CHECK: Should People Cover Their Faces With Scarves Like Trump Said?

Politics | | March 31 2020, 7:20 PM

In a briefing with the coronavirus task force, President Trump answered a question about a supply shortage of masks by suggesting that the public wear scarves instead.

Who's Sickest From COVID-19? These Conditions Tied To Increased Risk

Health | | March 31 2020, 7:00 PM

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report finds 78% of COVID-19 patients in the U.S. requiring admission to the intensive care unit had at least one underlying condition.

Chicago Public Health Commissioner: 'We Want To Be Ahead Of This'

Health | | March 31 2020, 7:00 PM

Experts worry about new hotspots in cities including Chicago. Dr. Allison Arwady says the city is relatively well prepared but would still not be able to handle the predicted wave of hospitalizations.

Turkmenistan Has Banned Use Of The Word 'Coronavirus'

US & World | | March 31 2020, 5:40 PM

Reporters Without Borders says the government has forbidden state-controlled media from using the word and ordered its removal from health brochures distributed at hospitals, schools and workplaces.

Report Of Drop In Hospitalizations Sounds Like Good News, But There's A Catch | | March 31 2020, 5:20 PM

Washington State reports dropping hospitalizations, and hospitals in San Francisco seeing less patient load than feared. But those facts require context.

Are Hospitals Seeing A Surge Of Coronavirus Patients? Some Officials Aren't Saying

Health | | March 31 2020, 5:00 PM

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.

To Stop The Pandemic, Seema Verma Is 'Getting Rid Of A Lot Of Regulations'

Health | | March 31 2020, 4:40 PM

As head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Verma says she's working to ease safety rules and lighten licensing requirements, to expand the number of hospital beds and health workers.

Should We All Be Wearing Masks In Public? Health Experts Revisit The Question

Health | | March 31 2020, 4:20 PM

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.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Is 'Still Not Satisfied' With Trump Administration Response | | March 31 2020, 4:00 PM

Hogan speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about President Trump's claim that there's no longer a lack of coronavirus testing kits.

At Least 5 Rabbis From Ultra-Orthodox N.J. Community Have Died From Coronavirus

US & World | | March 31 2020, 4:00 PM

The community of Lakewood is experiencing a very high rate of infections as well. Police have broken up numerous gatherings recently, despite a stay-at-home order from the governor.

After Surge In Cases, Michigan Now 3rd In Country For Coronavirus Deaths

Health | | March 31 2020, 4:00 PM

More than 80% of total cases are in the three populous Detroit metro-area counties of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne, according to state officials.

Spain's Health Staff Are Catching The Coronavirus As Protective Gear Runs Short

US & World | | March 31 2020, 3:20 PM

Thousands of medical workers now have COVID-19 in Spain, one of the countries hardest-hit by the disease.

Economy On Lockdown: Jobless Rate Could Be Highest Since WWII | | March 31 2020, 3:00 PM

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.

HHS To Help Companies Develop COVID-19 Vaccines | | March 31 2020, 3:00 PM

The Department of Health and Human Services outlines support for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, as the companies work to develop coronavirus vaccines. Beefing up manufacturing capacity is a priority.

Outbreak On U.S. Aircraft Carrier 'Accelerating,' Commander Warns Pentagon | | March 31 2020, 3:00 PM

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.

Italy Observes Moment Of Silence For COVID-19 Victims, As Case Numbers Plateau

US & World | | March 31 2020, 2:20 PM

As the country moves into its fourth week of lockdown, the head of Italy's national institute of health announced that the country "has reached a plateau" in its infection rate.

New York, 'Still In Search Of The Apex,' Sees Another Spike In Coronavirus Cases

US & World | | March 31 2020, 2:20 PM

The state has reported more than 75,000 confirmed cases, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the peak is still to come. On Tuesday he expressed frustration that FEMA was hindering, not helping, its efforts.

Walmart To Start Checking Workers' Temperatures | | March 31 2020, 2:20 PM

The retailer also plans to distribute masks and gloves to workers and add one-way aisles. The company continues to urge shoppers to be "prudent" in stocking up on toilet paper and other supplies.

New York Mayor, Attorney General Seek Investigations Over Fired Amazon Worker | | March 31 2020, 1:40 PM

The warehouse employee helped organize a walkout to demand closure of the facility following several COVID-19 cases. Amazon fired him the same day, saying he violated quarantine and safety measures.

Average Gas Prices Are Below $2. A Few Stations Are Even Selling For Under $1 | | March 31 2020, 1:20 PM

AAA says the national average is $1.997 per gallon and it's expected to drop further in the coming weeks. In a few places it's less than half that, but most Americans aren't driving much these days.

Tell Us About Trying To Get Tested For The Coronavirus

US & World | | March 31 2020, 1:20 PM

Experts have said that testing is essential to controlling the coronovirus pandemic. Tell us your experiences trying to access testing for the coronavirus.

Justice Department IG Finds Widespread Problems With FBI's FISA Applications | | March 31 2020, 1:00 PM

Investigators haven't been submitting sufficient evidence along with their applications to conduct surveillance in counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations, a report shows.

As The Pandemic Spreads, Battles Over Abortion Play Out In Court

US & World | | March 31 2020, 12:00 PM

Judges have blocked orders in three states suspending abortions during the pandemic.

Trump Administration Weakens Auto Emissions Standards

Environment & Science | | March 31 2020, 11:40 AM

The Trump administration is replacing Obama-era fuel economy standards with weaker ones that will allow for more air pollution. Groups are already lining up to challenge the new rule.

New York City Hospitals Struggle To Get Virus Testing Online Amid Patient Surge | | March 31 2020, 11:40 AM

On-site testing was delayed for weeks at a Brooklyn hospital that has been designated COVID-19 only. Rapid on-site testing can help hospitals prevent the virus from spreading inside their facilities.

Who Are We? We're Finding Out Together | | March 31 2020, 11:20 AM

Once a decade, every household in the United States is required by law to fill out the U.S. census. For many people, most of the questions seem pretty straightforward ... except when it comes to race.

'Das Coronavirus' Podcast Captivates Germany With Scientific Info On The Pandemic

US & World | | March 31 2020, 10:40 AM

Produced by the public broadcaster NDR, the program features scientist Christian Drosten giving clear information about COVID-19, but so far it's in German only.

Refugee Camps Face COVID-19: 'If We Do Nothing, The Harm Is Going To Be So Extreme' | | March 31 2020, 10:40 AM

NPR spoke to humanitarian aid researcher Paul Spiegel about his analysis of conditions in the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh — and the outlook for refugees everywhere as the coronavirus looms.

The Dow Has Lost 12% In A Volatile Month | | March 31 2020, 10:00 AM

The stock market has never seen a month like March, with downs and ups of thousands of points in a day. The Dow has recovered from recent lows, but it has fallen 24% since its record high.

A Genetic Test For A Microscopic Problem Came With A Jumbo Price Tag

Health | | March 31 2020, 4:40 AM

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.

CDC Director On Models For The Months To Come: 'This Virus Is Going To Be With Us'

Health | | March 31 2020, 4:20 AM

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.

Toilet Paper Startup Ramps Up And Rolls In Wake Of Coronavirus Pandemic

US & World | | March 31 2020, 4:00 AM

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.

LA County Issues Guidance For Child Care Providers | | March 31 2020, 10:00 AM

No more “circle time” – that’s one of the guidelines the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued for early care and education providers who continue to operate during the COVID-19 outbreak.

'Essential' Child Care Workers Struggle To Balance Family Needs, Safety | | March 31 2020, 9:30 AM

Child care providers around the country have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with many facing closure even as others struggle to stay open.

Funerals Must Change In This Time Of Social Distancing | | March 31 2020, 9:21 AM

The COVID-19 outbreak is changing life all over Southern California, including our religious and cultural rituals of death. How do you mourn together in a time of social distancing?

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