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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.
"We had no ICUs at that time. We had no antivirals, had no vaccines for flu. We had no idea that the flu was even a virus at that time," one scholar said. But social distancing helped then too.
During his briefing with the coronavirus task force on Thursday, President Trump once again inaccurately described the per capita testing within the United States.
Instead of reopening health care exchanges for those who don't qualify for Medicaid and don't have employer-based insurance, Trump is proposing paying hospitals directly. But it might not be enough.
Mayors in New York and Los Angeles have already urged people in their cities to use face coverings in public.
On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we answer your questions about the unemployment in the U.S., home schooling, testing for COVID-19 and playing sports during the pandemic.
Life Care Center of Kirkland was told by federal authorities it would be assessed fines of $13,585 per day from Feb. 12 through March 27. The nursing home is linked to at least 37 COVID-19 deaths.
Republican officials in several states are trying to ban abortion during the coronavirus pandemic to preserve medical supplies.
Hundreds of crew members from the USS Theodore Roosevelt are being quarantined at hotels in the U.S. territory. Some residents say that's putting them at risk.
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.
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largest cities in the U.S. Most did not have their most current pandemic response plan posted publicly and many were out of date.
While limited in-person voting will take place on April 7, absentee ballots won't be due to election offices until April 13.
As the health industry focuses on COVID-19, there has been a big drop in nonurgent visits for primary care and specialty care. Medical practices are being forced to furlough or lay off staff.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
As hospitals are forced to delay or cancel certain medical procedures so they can focus resources on treatment of COVID-19, it's disrupting ongoing care for people with other serious illnesses.
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.
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.
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..
Originally set for July, the convention has been rescheduled for mid-August in Milwaukee because of the coronavirus.
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."
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.
"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.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she welcomes development of a COVID-19 tracing app that protects data and doesn't store users' locations. It uses Bluetooth to log proximity to other cellphones.
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.
Russia reported a spike of 771 new coronavirus patients on Thursday, sharpening a dreaded upward curve in cases. It has now confirmed more than 3,500 coronavirus cases.
Many people can ride the disease out at home, but doctors are getting a better idea of who should seek medical attention and when.
Recovery will take years, and other lessons from "education in emergencies" around the world.
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.
Many countries were expected to release ambitious new climate plans at a conference this fall, but United Nations officials say governments are focusing on the coronavirus crisis.
Schlesinger's creative tendrils extended into the catalogs of many other brilliant artists.
With limits on social gatherings, Americans have to mourn their dead through online memorials and virtual funerals.
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.
Teachers and parents are trying to bridge the gap between home and school for LA’s littlest learners.
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Earlier this week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced what his office described as "a major initiative to surge California‘s health care workforce" as the state deals with the novel coronavirus.
While they may not be on the “front lines” of fighting the pandemic in the same way that medical and public health professionals are, grocery stores and their employees are playing an undeniably crucial role in ensuring that communities across the country have access to the food and products they need to survive during stay-at-home.
You’re Not Alone: AirTalk Listeners Share COVID-19 Job Sagas As Record Number Of Americans Apply For Unemployment| April 02 2020, 9:10 AM
A record number of Americans -- 6.6 million to be exact -- applied for unemployment benefits last week, according to new data out from the U.S. Department of Labor.
People across the country are going to seemingly extreme lengths to distance themselves from others, especially older and immunocompromised individuals. As the number of coronavirus cases continue to grow and spread to different areas, government officials and public health experts are intensifying their message to take social distancing seriously. But some still aren’t getting it.
That’s one of the questions addressed by Dr. Marty Makary’s book “The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care--and How to Fix It” -- and amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s more pressing than ever.