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6/3/2020

What is hydroxychloroquine and does it prevent COVID-19?


What is hydroxychloroquine and does it prevent COVID-19? President Trump said Monday that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine. Although Trump has been touting the drug for months, it has not been proven to treat or prevent the virus.



Can ‘social bubbles’ offer relief from lockdown loneliness?


Can ‘social bubbles’ offer relief from lockdown loneliness?Several countries are considering plans to allow people to expand their social circles to a limited number of people to help offset the mental health toll of isolation. Would this plan work in the U.S. or would it lead to more outbreaks?



Questions arise on coronavirus data used to back reopenings


Questions arise on coronavirus data used to back reopeningsA Florida official said she was fired for not censoring the state's data, while questions have also been raised about accuracy in Georgia and Texas.



Contact-tracing apps for COVID-19: What you need to know (and do)


Contact-tracing apps for COVID-19: What you need to know (and do)Among the most promising, yet also controversial, tools for minimizing new coronavirus infections are smartphone applications that perform contact tracing. 



Trump says he started taking hydroxychloroquine 'a couple of weeks ago'


Trump says he started taking hydroxychloroquine 'a couple of weeks ago'President Trump said Monday that he has been taking the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine despite a lack of scientific evidence to show that it helps prevent a person from being infected with the coronavirus.



Is Dr. Fauci’s job in jeopardy?


Is Dr. Fauci’s job in jeopardy?Dr. Anthony Fauci has been one of the most trusted voices in the government's response to the pandemic, but he's recently come under fire from conservatives. Is his role on the coronavirus task force at risk?



Coronavirus: Early vaccine trial shows promise


Coronavirus: Early vaccine trial shows promiseThe latest news and information on the pandemic from Yahoo News reporters in the United States and around the world.



Coronavirus: Global death toll crosses 300,000 as reopening continues


Coronavirus: Global death toll crosses 300,000 as reopening continuesThe latest news and information on the pandemic from Yahoo News reporters in the United States and around the world.



Debunking the coronavirus conspiracies in viral ‘Plandemic’ video


Debunking the coronavirus conspiracies in viral ‘Plandemic’ videoDr. Dara Kass, a Yahoo News medical contributor, and Dr. Michael Saag, an epidemiologist at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, address some of the false medical claims made in the viral video "Plandemic," which was removed by social media platforms after garnering millions of views.



Will work from home be permanent?


Will work from home be permanent?Millions of American workers have abandoned the office to work from home. The arrangement has benefits for both employees and employers. Will the change be permanent?



Amid reports of White House clashes with CDC, experts raise alarms about lack of coronavirus screening at airports


Amid reports of White House clashes with CDC, experts raise alarms about lack of coronavirus screening at airportsAs the nation begins to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, some people are looking to the skies — and experts don’t necessarily like what they see, arguing there are not enough safeguards in place to protect passengers and crew. 



Trump severs ties with WHO, blasts China for 'smothering Hong Kong's freedom'


Trump severs ties with WHO, blasts China for 'smothering Hong Kong's freedom'President Trump on Friday announced that the U.S. is terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization while separately sanctioning China for a lack of transparency about the coronavirus outbreak — and for its control over Hong Kong.



Immigrant detainees say ICE is using coronavirus disinfectant sprays that cause bleeding, burns and pain


Immigrant detainees say ICE is using coronavirus disinfectant sprays that cause bleeding, burns and painThe detainees’ names were not included in the complaint due to concerns about potential retaliation.



Lessons from Japan on containing coronavirus could help U.S. reopen safely


Lessons from Japan on containing coronavirus could help U.S. reopen safelyIn many ways, Japan’s experience of the coronavirus pandemic has paralleled America’s, and yet Japan’s outbreak has stalled — at much lower levels of infection and death.



National Institutes of Health chief says he understands why coronavirus guidelines confused Americans


National Institutes of Health chief says he understands why coronavirus guidelines confused AmericansFrancis Collins of the NIH says the shifting guidance on face masks reflects earlier efforts to preserve enough masks for first responders and a growing understanding of how the virus spreads.



White House encourages hydroxychloroquine use for coronavirus again


White House encourages hydroxychloroquine use for coronavirus againSpeaking during a press briefing on Thursday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany strongly endorsed the “prophylactic” use of hydroxychloroquine: that is, to prevent contracting the coronavirus.



Defense secretary says coronavirus vaccine will be available within months, but experts skeptical


Defense secretary says coronavirus vaccine will be available within months, but experts skepticalPentagon leaders expressed strong confidence Thursday that a coronavirus vaccine will be available by January, and possibly as early as this fall — claims that were met with skepticism by scientific experts.



Coronavirus is a 'racial pandemic,' doctors and scholars warn


Coronavirus is a 'racial pandemic,' doctors and scholars warnEven as President Trump and many of his allies are rushing to reopen the nation from a months-long pandemic lockdown, that pandemic continues to devastate communities of color, a raft of witnesses warned legislators on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.



Biden marks 100,000 coronavirus deaths: 'A milestone we should have never reached'


Biden marks 100,000 coronavirus deaths: 'A milestone we should have never reached'Former Vice President Joe Biden marked the grim milestone of 100,000 U.S. deaths with a video message he directed at the family members of those who had perished. that also offered a sharp rebuke of President Trump, the man he hopes to succeed in the White House.



Over 100,000 Americans have now died of the coronavirus


Over 100,000 Americans have now died of the coronavirusThe United States on Wednesday passed 100,000 coronavirus deaths, a grim figure that the White House initially warned might be the final toll.



One of Trump's favorite pollsters shows his approval plummeting


One of Trump's favorite pollsters shows his approval plummetingPresident Trump’s approval rating has plummeted since late February, according to the Rasmussen daily tracking poll, which the president frequently cited during his first three years in office.



Can an army of contact tracers help contain coronavirus?


Can an army of contact tracers help contain coronavirus?Public health experts have called for the U.S. to hire 100,000 or more contract tracers to track the spread of coronavirus. Will this strategy help contain the outbreak?



Trump, for some reason, compares coronavirus death toll (over 98,000) to that of swine flu (under 20,000)


Trump, for some reason, compares coronavirus death toll (over 98,000) to that of swine flu (under 20,000)On a day when the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic neared 100,000, President Trump sought to direct the nation’s attention back to the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic as a way to smear the reputation of his Democratic rival Joe Biden, who was vice president at the time.



Calls in Congress for probe on how former Trump aide won $3 million respirator contract


Calls in Congress for probe on how former Trump aide won $3 million respirator contractBefore leaving the Trump administration, Zachary Fuentes was a deputy to John Kelly, the retired Marine general who was Trump’s second chief of staff.



Stuck in coronavirus lockdown without your yacht? Coping strategies of the 0.01 percent


Stuck in coronavirus lockdown without your yacht? Coping strategies of the 0.01 percentPrivate planes, second homes, yachts and million-dollar bunkers are among the ways the wealthy have dealt with the pandemic.



Is the $600 unemployment bonus helping or hurting?


Is the $600 unemployment bonus helping or hurting?Congress boosted unemployment benefits substantially in response to the pandemic, but the extra funds are set to run at the end of July. Should the program be extended or is it preventing people from getting back to work?



Former head of pandemic response team speaks out: 'I'm frankly scared'


Former head of pandemic response team speaks out: 'I'm frankly scared'“Isolating cases, tracking contacts, all of those things we’re talking about now, we really should have been talking about in January,” Beth Cameron said on Yahoo’s “Skullduggery” podcast.



Should colleges bring students back to campus in the fall?


Should colleges bring students back to campus in the fall?Universities across the country are wrestling with the decision of whether or not to hold in-person classes in the fall. Is bringing students back worth the risk of an on-campus outbreak?



Trump demands states reopen houses of worship 'right now'


Trump demands states reopen houses of worship 'right now'President Trump said Friday that he wanted state governors to allow the nation’s houses of worship to reopen “right now” despite the ongoing health risks from the coronavirus pandemic posed by large gatherings of people.



Recovered, but testing positive: Cases aboard Navy carrier raise questions about coronavirus immunity


Recovered, but testing positive: Cases aboard Navy carrier raise questions about coronavirus immunityMore than a dozen sailors from the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for COVID-19 after they were believed to have recovered, which medical experts say shows how much remains unknown about the virus that causes the disease. 



New Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows coronavirus conspiracy theories spreading on the right may hamper vaccine efforts


New Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows coronavirus conspiracy theories spreading on the right may hamper vaccine effortsAs states relax lockdown restrictions and responsibility for containing the coronavirus shifts, in part, to the American people, the dangerous tendency to ignore fundamental facts about the deadly pathogen in favor of misinformation peddled by partisans and spread on social media grows. 



'This is a bad practice': Doctors question FDA protocol for plasma treatment of coronavirus patients


'This is a bad practice': Doctors question FDA protocol for plasma treatment of coronavirus patientsThe story of convalescent plasma is one of a federal medical establishment wanting badly to compensate for its slow response to the coronavirus.



Trump says Fox News isn't doing enough to help Republicans — himself included — win reelection


Trump says Fox News isn't doing enough to help Republicans — himself included — win reelectionPresident Trump made clear Thursday that he sees the primary role of Fox News as that of helping Republicans and himself stay in power.



In wake of pandemic, the new normal in schools could widen the economic gap among students, educators fear


In wake of pandemic, the new normal in schools could widen the economic gap among students, educators fearWith the coronavirus expected to remain a threat through at least next spring and a reliance on “distance learning” likely to continue, the burden will fall most heavily on the neediest students, living in homes lacking computers, internet connectivity or adults at home during the school day.



A pandemic of conspiracy theories spreads across the internet and around the world


A pandemic of conspiracy theories spreads across the internet and around the worldDepending on who you talk to, the current coronavirus pandemic might be the natural product of evolution, the result of a lab accident or a biological weapon designed by the Chinese.



When a coronavirus vaccine is ready, who gets it first?


When a coronavirus vaccine is ready, who gets it first?Companies around the world are rushing to create a coronavirus vaccine in record time. But making enough doses and getting them to those who need it may prove to be the real challenge.



White House says the Trump administration is 'keeping people safe' at airports despite a lack of coronavirus screening


White House says the Trump administration is 'keeping people safe' at airports despite a lack of coronavirus screeningAmid growing concerns over a lack of screening for the coronavirus at U.S. airports, WH press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday the Trump administration was taking the issue seriously.



As more states reopen, Georgia defies predictions of coronavirus resurgence. What's the lesson for the rest of the country?


As more states reopen, Georgia defies predictions of coronavirus resurgence. What's the lesson for the rest of the country?On April 24, Georgia became the first U.S. state to initiate the fraught process known as “reopening.” That hasn’t produced a surge of new cases … yet. The answer to whether other states should follow Georgia’s lead and reopen more fully is that it depends.



Trump threatens to withhold aid to 2 states over expanded voting by mail


Trump threatens to withhold aid to 2 states over expanded voting by mailPresident Trump on Wednesday threatened to halt federal funding to Michigan and Nevada over the distribution of absentee ballots in those swing states amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak that has left more than 90,000 Americans dead.



Biden rips Trump for not wearing mask: 'I can't walk outside my house' without one


Biden rips Trump for not wearing mask: 'I can't walk outside my house' without oneDuring a Yahoo News virtual town hall, the former vice president tore into President Trump’s refusal to wear a protective mask despite the recommendations of health experts and WH protocols for West Wing staffers.



Biden on meatpacking safety: 'No worker's life is worth me getting a cheaper hamburger'


Biden on meatpacking safety: 'No worker's life is worth me getting a cheaper hamburger'The presumptive Democratic president nominee said during a Yahoo News Town Hall that workers were being sacrificed in order to increase profits.



Biden says U.S. doesn't have a food shortage problem, 'we have a leadership problem'


Biden says U.S. doesn't have a food shortage problem, 'we have a leadership problem'Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that America has “a leadership problem,” about food and nutrition in the face of the pandemic that has crippled the food distribution network.



Coronavirus has made the 2020 election a perfect storm for voting rights lawsuits


Coronavirus has made the 2020 election a perfect storm for voting rights lawsuits“There’s been more voting rights litigation this election cycle already than there was in all of 2016, by a lot,” said Marc Elias, a D.C.-based lawyer with a long history in the political trenches.



Counties in Florida, Iowa worry CDC as emerging coronavirus 'areas of concern'


Counties in Florida, Iowa worry CDC as emerging coronavirus 'areas of concern'A document created by the CDC and reviewed by Yahoo News lists nine counties and one city with rising infection levels, many in states that have eased lockdown restrictions.



Live event: The Media’s Role in Engendering Trust and Giving Voice to Underrepresented Communities


Live event: The Media’s Role in Engendering Trust and Giving Voice to Underrepresented CommunitiesTune in tonight at 6 p.m. EST for an hour-long panel discussion on the Media’s Role in Engendering Trust and Giving Voice to Underrepresented Communities. The event is organized by the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association and hosted by media partner Yahoo News.



A 'Me Too' moment in the struggle for racial justice


A 'Me Too' moment in the struggle for racial justiceOn Memorial Day, as America began to lift more restrictions, COVID-19’s foot remained disproportionately on the chest of blacks and law enforcement had its knee on George Floyd’s neck.



On coronavirus vaccine, don't hold your breath, experts say


On coronavirus vaccine, don't hold your breath, experts sayInfectious disease specialists and vaccine developers interviewed by Yahoo News said that even accepting some encouraging research at face value, it is unclear if or when an effective vaccine will be available.



ICE lacks coronavirus tests for immigrant detainees


ICE lacks coronavirus tests for immigrant detaineesA top immigration official for the Trump administration admitted on Tuesday that immigrants are not systematically tested for the coronavirus when they are apprehended.



Trump’s campaign tries to recapture its magic on the virtual campaign trail. Will it succeed? 


Trump’s campaign tries to recapture its magic on the virtual campaign trail. Will it succeed? Trump's virtual campaign rallies feature a 3D animated venue designed to make a big splash, in contrast to Biden's rec room. But Biden is still ahead in the polls.



Can you contract coronavirus from a surface or object? 


Can you contract coronavirus from a surface or object? The CDC says that it may be possible to contract COVID-19 by coming in contact with a surface or object that has the virus on it, but you're much more likely to get the coronavirus through person-to-person transmission.



How to not raise a racist white kid


When we don't break white silence with ongoing and explicit teaching about race and racism, and active and persistent modeling of antiracism, we end up raising the Amy Coopers of the next generation.

Coronavirus Outbreak Timeline Fast Facts


Read CNN's Fast Facts about the coronavirus outbreak, declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Police using rubber bullets that can maim or kill


Police departments are trying to quell unrest spurred by the death of George Floyd by firing rubber bullets into crowds, even though five decades of evidence shows such weapons can disable, disfigure and even kill.

Is social distancing good for your dating life?


Many single people worldwide are experiencing unexpected benefits of social distancing. Following US CDC and other countries' guidelines of staying 6 feet from others has forced suitors to focus on getting to know each other while dating.

Barefoot running: Why you should consider it to prevent injuries


Growing evidence shows running shoes might do more harm than good. Our latest review suggests wearing shoes changes the way we run and weakens the foot in a way that can contribute to common sports injuries. Here's why barefoot running has benefits.

Coronavirus cases rise in the South and West as crowded protests spark worries


Coronavirus cases continued to spread in parts of the American south and west in the past week as experts warn that packed protests could exacerbate the pandemic.

Tracking Covid-19 cases in the US



Fauci: US should have a 'couple hundred million' doses of Covid-19 vaccine by start of 2021


The United States should have 100 million doses of one candidate coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said Tuesday.

The future of work



Is it safe to go to a pool, the beach or a park? A doctor offers guidance as coronavirus distancing measures lifted


Even if we escaped getting sick from the coronavirus, we are all sick of staying at home, practicing social distancing and wearing masks. While case numbers and deaths from Covid-19 are trending downward, this is not the time to let down your guard. These are not ordinary days. These novel days call on us to make decisions with limited and evolving information. The coronavirus is still circulating.

Global Running Day is going virtual this year


Global Running Day has joined the list of virtual-only events in 2020.

How to not raise a racist white kid


It's easy for white folks to recoil from Amy Cooper once we've had a front row seat to her rage-filled voice turning trembly and fragile when the 911 operator picks up.

Is social distancing good for your dating life?


Nothing is certain in the world of dating. But for Poornima Ravishankar, a lawyer from northern New Jersey, the coronavirus pandemic has brought an unexpected twist.

Police using rubber bullets on protestors that can blind, maim or kill


In cities across the country, police departments have attempted to quell unrest spurred by the death of George Floyd by firing rubber bullets into crowds, even though five decades of evidence shows such weapons can disable, disfigure and even kill.

Tear gas: Prepare for what to do if you're exposed


Sam was one of hundreds of peaceful protesters gathered outside the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta on Monday night.

How to talk to your children about protests and racism


As cities and social media explode with anger over the killing of yet another black man at the hands of police, worried parents struggle with how to protect their children from seeing the worst of the violence while simultaneously explaining the ravages of racism.

Ethnic minorities are up to 50% more likely to die from coronavirus than white people, UK report finds


People from the UK's ethnic minority communities are up to 50% more likely to die with coronavirus than their white British peers, a government review has found.

Mexico and parts of Brazil reopen after lockdown -- despite surging coronavirus cases


Some Latin America nations are partially reopening this week, despite still recording thousands of coronavirus deaths and infections.

New Zealand set to ease coronavirus restrictions after 11 days with no new reported cases


New Zealand's government could ease coronavirus restrictions as early as next week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Tuesday.

More evidence remdesivir helps some coronavirus patients


A five-day course of the antiviral drug remdesivir sped recovery in moderately ill patients with pneumonia from Covid-19, drugmaker Gilead Sciences announced in a statement Monday.

ICUs become a 'delirium factory' for Covid-19 patients


Doctors are fighting not only to save lives from Covid-19, but also to protect patients' brains.

First human trial of potential antibody treatment for Covid-19 begins


Eli Lilly and Company said Monday it has started the first human trial of an antibody therapy designed to treat Covid-19.

A quarter of US nursing homes report at least one coronavirus infection, first official tally shows


Nearly 26,000 nursing home residents have died from coronavirus, according to federal data released Monday.

The protests are raising fears of a spike in coronavirus cases


Government leaders and health officials have expressed their concern that coronavirus could rapidly spread during protests over the death of George Floyd.

Trump said he took hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus, but new study shows that doesn't work


On the heels of studies showing hydroxychloroquine doesn't help patients in the hospital with Covid-19, a new study -- the first of its kind -- shows the drug doesn't work to prevent infection with the virus, either.

Healthy people shouldn't take daily aspirin to prevent heart disease, review finds


There's no evidence that a daily aspirin should be taken by most adults in good cardiovascular health, according to a new review. The risk of a major bleeding event due to the drug's blood thinning effects outweighs the benefit, the research said.

ER visits for non-Covid emergencies have dropped 42% during the pandemic, CDC says


The CDC warns that some people may be putting off getting emergency care for serious health conditions during the coronavirus pandemic -- and fewer visits for critical conditions could result in complications or even death.

Tear gas: Prepare for what to do if you're exposed


The nonlethal substance is banned by the Geneva Conventions, but is legal to use against civilians. It causes irritation to the skin, eyes, throat and lungs. If you're peacefully protesting, using milk or a baking soda mixture can immediately help.

US should have a 'couple hundred million' doses of a Covid-19 vaccine by the start of 2021, Fauci says


The United States should have 100 million doses of one candidate coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said Tuesday.

Coronavirus: Can superspreading be stopped?


Identifying superspreading events could be crucial in the fight against the virus, scientists say.

Coronavirus: 'I'm high risk but made a full recovery'


Positive stories from people considered at high risk who have made a full recovery from coronavirus.

Coronavirus: One week in one hospital


The BBC has been given unprecedented access to a hospital in the heart of London, for one week.

Coronavirus: The human cost of virus misinformation


A BBC team tracking coronavirus misinformation has found links to assaults, arson and deaths - and the potential for even greater indirect harm.

Coronavirus: What's going wrong in Sweden's care homes?


Swedish healthcare is under scrutiny over the high rate of Covid-19 deaths in care homes.

Coronavirus bites into Australia's bushfire recovery


Some tourist towns had barely survived fires when the virus hit, and locals say they are struggling.

Coronavirus and Antarctica: 'Isolated within isolation'


Why the people on the only continent without a recorded case of coronavirus are in lockdown.

Coronavirus lockdown around the world in pictures


Restrictions ease in some countries but the World Health Organization warns infections could rise.

Coronavirus: Will we ever shake hands again?


Will Covid-19 make handshakes a relic of the past? If so, what might that mean about the future of human touch and interaction?

Coronavirus: The health advice that is misleading or worse


There's still plenty of dangerous and untested medical advice circulating online.

Coronavirus doctor's diary: Is lockdown good for your heart?


Why do fewer people seem to be having heart attacks and strokes? One theory is that the lockdown lifestyle is healthy.

Coronavirus: How long does it take to recover?


Recovery from Covid-19 can be a lengthy process, depending on how seriously people get the virus.

Coronavirus: What are the risks for children?


Children seem to be at low risk from the disease, but can they still spread it?

Why the WHO got caught between China and Trump


President Trump has been critical - but what do others think of the "global guardian of public health"?

Coronavirus: Royal Papworth Hospital patient walks after 54 days


He spent four of his weeks in critical care strapped to a ventilator but now he is walking again.

Coronavirus changes how doctors deal with death


Five doctors administering end-of-life care reflect on the current crisis.

Coronavirus: Shielding changes will make a 'huge difference' - Robert Jenrick


The communities secretary says the rate of infection is low enough to allow those who have been shielding to do "modest things".

Coronavirus: IVF pause like 'rug pulled beneath you'


A couple whose IVF treatment was delayed say struggling to start a family has been "heart-wrenching".

Coronavirus: Dominic Raab defends lockdown relaxation measures in England


The foreign secretary admitted that the government's five-level, colour-coded alert system was not yet at level three.

Coronavirus: How dangerous is lifting lockdown?


Why is lifting restrictions being described as a "dangerous moment"?

Coronavirus: Some people shielding allowed outdoors from Monday


Some restrictions on vulnerable people shielding from coronavirus are to be eased after 10 weeks.

Coronavirus: South Korea closes schools again after biggest spike in weeks


Schools that had just re-opened days ago have now been forced shut again after a spike in cases.

Coronavirus: 'Dangerous moment' as UK lockdown eases


The public must be "sensible" after scientists warn of risks of lifting lockdown, medical chief says.

Coronavirus deaths in US top 100,000


The US has seen more deaths (currently 100,047) and infections (1.69 million) than any other country.

Virus tracing systems start in England and Scotland


Thousands of contact tracers are tracking down close contacts of people with coronavirus.

Coronavirus: WHO halts trials of hydroxychloroquine over safety fears


Testing of hydroxychloroquine as a possible coronavirus treatment is suspended by the health agency.

Coronavirus: UK authorises anti-viral drug remdesivir


Remdesivir shortens recovery time by about four days, research suggests.

Coronavirus: Immune clue sparks treatment hope


Better understanding of Covid-19's impact on the immune system gives hope an existing drug might aid recovery.

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