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4/6/2020

What impact will coronavirus have on climate change?


What impact will coronavirus have on climate change?Worldwide efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus have caused a massive drop in global emissions. Does the pandemic present an opportunity to accelerate the fight against climate change?



Americans masking up against coronavirus — 'no harm to it,' Trump says


Americans masking up against coronavirus — 'no harm to it,' Trump saysWith the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 surging nationwide and health officials warning that, even in a best-case scenario, deaths from the disease could top 100,000 in the U.S., the government is reviewing its guidance on the use of face masks by the general population.



'He must have felt like that was the only recourse': Captain of coronavirus-stricken carrier issues urgent plea to Pentagon for help


'He must have felt like that was the only recourse': Captain of coronavirus-stricken carrier issues urgent plea to Pentagon for helpThe letter amounts to a desperate appeal to his chain of command to get most of his sailors off the ship, where the virus is spreading out of control, and into individual quarantine lodgings that are based on federal guidelines.



CDC's 'disease detectives' are on the coronavirus case 


CDC's 'disease detectives' are on the coronavirus case While the Washington State Department of Health had prepared a plan for the arrival of the virus in January, it assumed it still had weeks before the disease would reach the U.S. “In three days, the plan was trashed. We went through every step,” Marcia Goldoft, a clinical epidemiologist with the Washington State DOH, told Yahoo News. “I don’t think anyone involved has ever seen anything go this fast.” 



Trump sees 'hard days' ahead in coronavirus fight, with as many as 240,000 Americans dead


Trump sees 'hard days' ahead in coronavirus fight, with as many as 240,000 Americans deadNearly a quarter million people in the United States could die as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Trump administration officials said Tuesday. 



Makeshift hospitals transform NYC as it battles coronavirus pandemic 


Makeshift hospitals transform NYC as it battles coronavirus pandemic As cases of COVID-19 in New York City continue to climb, makeshift emergency field hospitals are popping up and transforming some of the city’s most iconic sites.



Political realities may dilute GOP opposition to mail-in voting amid coronavirus


Political realities may dilute GOP opposition to mail-in voting amid coronavirusCongressional Republicans have resisted allocating the billions of dollars experts say are necessary to implement nationwide mail-in voting ahead of the presidential election.



Will the restaurant industry survive coronavirus?


Will the restaurant industry survive coronavirus?The coronavirus pandemic has forced restaurants across the country to close or dramatically limit their business. Will the industry survive the outbreak?



Liberty University students choose sides after fallout from coronavirus reporting


Liberty University students choose sides after fallout from coronavirus reportingThe New York Times reported this week that almost a dozen Liberty University students have come down with COVID-19 symptoms since the school reopened last week. But Liberty University officials have since pushed back on these claims, calling the Times story “fake news”. Now, students are choosing sides in who they believe is telling the truth.



One way to hold down coronavirus toll: Pretend it isn't happening


One way to hold down coronavirus toll: Pretend it isn't happeningSome conservative commentators have begun questioning the reported death tolls and hospitalizations caused by COVID-19.



Coronavirus pandemic sparks new calls for personal surveillance, and concerns


Coronavirus pandemic sparks new calls for personal surveillance, and concernsAs countries around the world look for ways to track coronavirus infections using people’s personal smartphones, privacy experts and technologists warn the U.S. government faces an uphill battle to put such surveillance into practice.



Hospitals preparing for life-and-death decisions on who gets ventilators during coronavirus pandemic, medical ethicist says


Hospitals preparing for life-and-death decisions on who gets ventilators during coronavirus pandemic, medical ethicist saysMany hospitals are putting together triage committees made up of doctors and ethicists who can help individual frontline doctors and nurses make on-the-spot decisions about where a needed ventilator should go, according to a leading medical ethicist.



What Andrew Cuomo knows


What Andrew Cuomo knowsThe last time New York faced a crisis of this magnitude, Andrew Cuomo almost destroyed his career.



Science at work in the age of coronavirus: What will we learn from it?


Science at work in the age of coronavirus: What will we learn from it?Dr. Anthony Fauci wants to study hydroxychloroquine in a systematic way to determine if it is safe to take for the coronavirus — and if it actually works. President Trump for his part has been excitedly talking it up, belligerently demanding of skeptics, “What do you have to lose?”



Coronavirus has some unlikely frontline heroes: Grocery store workers


Coronavirus has some unlikely frontline heroes: Grocery store workersWhile the worsening coronavirus pandemic has shuttered most businesses nationwide to promote social distancing, grocery stores have remained open, pushing their employees, whether they like it or not, to the frontlines in a public health emergency.



DHS moves its National Operations Center off site after staff member tests positive for COVID-19


DHS moves its National Operations Center off site after staff member tests positive for COVID-19The Department of Homeland Security’s National Operations Center is relocating today after a member of its team tested positive for COVID-19, according to an internal DHS document obtained by Yahoo News. 



Are pot and guns essential in a pandemic?


Are pot and guns essential in a pandemic?As states and cities shut down all nonessential businesses to stop the spread of coronavirus, pot shops and gun stores are staying open in some places. Are they really essential?



Trump says Democrats' push for expanded voting threatens Republicans


Trump says Democrats' push for expanded voting threatens RepublicansPresident Trump on Monday criticized attempts by Democrats in Congress to expand voting access for the presidential election in the fall, saying increased voter turnout would keep Republicans from getting elected.



The Most Perfect Mother's Day Gifts For $50 or Less



Trump coronavirus task force 'beginning to see glimmers of progress,' but models still show 100,000 U.S. deaths from virus


Trump coronavirus task force 'beginning to see glimmers of progress,' but models still show 100,000 U.S. deaths from virusThe Trump administration said Sunday that it was “beginning to see the glimmers of progress” in the fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the United States and across the globe.



Why does the coronavirus affect people differently? Yahoo News Explains


Why does the coronavirus affect people differently? Yahoo News ExplainsCoronavirus patients are showing a wide range of symptoms and the exact reason why is still a mystery — but we do have some clues as to what factors can influence the severity of the disease.



Trump offers competing coronavirus messaging, warning of death but lamenting lockdown


Trump offers competing coronavirus messaging, warning of death but lamenting lockdownTrump repeated a favorite refrain of some conservatives, who have said that the coronavirus “cure”—that is, a nationwide shutdown—cannot be worse than the disease itself.



Does Iran's coronavirus crisis raise the risk of war?


Does Iran's coronavirus crisis raise the risk of war?Iran is experiencing on of the worst outbreaks of coronavirus in the world. Will the instability cause the country's leaders to lash out against America?



CDC gives 'voluntary' guidance on wearing coronavirus masks. Trump isn't volunteering.


CDC gives 'voluntary' guidance on wearing coronavirus masks. Trump isn't volunteering.President Trump said Friday that despite new CDC guidance recommending that American citizens wear masks or facial coverings to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, “I don’t think that I’m going to be doing it.”



Coronavirus may cause some food shortages, warns government task force


Coronavirus may cause some food shortages, warns government task forceThe nation could begin to see food shortages for some products if the people working on the supply chain lack personal protective equipment, warns an internal Trump administration document obtained by Yahoo News.



Are the White House coronavirus briefings about to create another media star?


Are the White House coronavirus briefings about to create another media star?Now comes Navy Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, a no-nonsense logistician plucked from the Pentagon’s Joint Staff to take charge of the procurement and distribution of urgently needed medical equipment.



As coronavirus ravages Spain, doctors get a grim order on 'futility of care' for the very old and very sick


As coronavirus ravages Spain, doctors get a grim order on 'futility of care' for the very old and very sickA document circulated by the health department of Catalonia recommends that emergency teams and health care workers stop using ventilators for patients older than 80, and further recommends that extremely ill victims of COVID-19 be allowed to die at home rather than being taken to the hospital.



Facing coronavirus, poverty is a preexisting condition


Facing coronavirus, poverty is a preexisting conditionThe coronavirus pandemic is affecting all Americans, but it is hitting the poor the hardest, in part because those workers simply can’t afford to adhere to social distancing restrictions if it means going without a paycheck.



Schiff proposes postelection 9/11-style commission to study coronavirus response


Schiff proposes postelection 9/11-style commission to study coronavirus responseRep. Adam Schiff’s proposal for a 9/11-style commission to study the nation’s response to the coronavirus outbreak "is not an exercise in casting blame or scoring political points, but something that the American people should rightly expect from their government as an exercise in accountability," he said.



'Protective bubbles': How 2 Army generals stopped the spread of coronavirus among their soldiers


'Protective bubbles': How 2 Army generals stopped the spread of coronavirus among their soldiersTwo Army generals took critical actions early to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Asia and Europe from spreading to military bases.



Birx warns of coming coronavirus hot spots across the U.S.


Birx warns of coming coronavirus hot spots across the U.S.Louisiana is poised to become the next epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, White House officials said Thursday, citing new data that shows that 26 percent of the tests for COVID-19 in that state in recent days have come back positive.



Are coronavirus statistics reliable?


Are coronavirus statistics reliable?In recents weeks, an intense amount of intention has been placed on data about of coronavirus cases and deaths. Are these numbers accurate enough to be building public policy on?



The coronavirus 'crisis found me,' says Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan


The coronavirus 'crisis found me,' says Maryland Gov. Larry HoganLast Saturday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan closed the state’s beaches, leaving the state's 7,719 miles of shoreline to piping plovers and sand crabs.



Confirmed coronavirus cases reach one million worldwide


Confirmed coronavirus cases reach one million worldwideThe first reported cases came from China in December, eventually spreading to nearly every other country on earth over the ensuing three months.



Virtual grieving in the age of coronavirus


Virtual grieving in the age of coronavirusWhile this is certainly a trying time for those seeking physical connection from fellow grieving relatives, the ability to stream funeral and church services to the masses seems to be a feature that some churches might hold onto for some time, even when life resumes back to whatever normal we settle back into.



Coronavirus poses special risk to millions of Americans with diabetes


Coronavirus poses special risk to millions of Americans with diabetesAs the worsening coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the country, millions of Americans living with diabetes face heightened risks from COVID-19.



As the scale of the coronavirus threat crystallizes, a comedian with a Trump impression takes off


As the scale of the coronavirus threat crystallizes, a comedian with a Trump impression takes off“It’s crazy,” J-L Cauvin said during an interview on the Yahoo News "Skullduggery" podcast. “It’s like eight years of a career shot into your vein in 72 hours.”



Flattening the curve on coronavirus: What California and Washington can teach the world


Flattening the curve on coronavirus: What California and Washington can teach the worldNew data suggests the two West Coast states may have slowed the spread of coronavirus. How they did it.



Two years before coronavirus, CDC warned of a coming pandemic


Two years before coronavirus, CDC warned of a coming pandemicLong before the coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, and then soon spread to nearly every country on Earth, a conference in 2018 offered proof that epidemiologists at the CDC and other institutions were aware that a new pandemic was poised to strike.



A national lockdown to stop coronavirus? Trump is 'thinking about doing that'


A national lockdown to stop coronavirus? Trump is 'thinking about doing that'President Trump shied away Wednesday from issuing domestic travel restrictions or a national lockdown to try and beat back the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic that, in a best case scenario, is expected to kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans.



The view from the ER: 'We're all drowning'


The view from the ER: 'We're all drowning'A New York City emergency room physician compares her experience fighting COVID-19 to that of post-hurricane relief efforts as the city continues to deal with waves of patients.



First he had brain cancer. Then the coronavirus struck his city. One patient’s perilous journey.


First he had brain cancer. Then the coronavirus struck his city. One patient’s perilous journey.When Ronnie Krensel went in for his most recent checkup following chemotherapy on March 21, it wasn’t anything like the ones he’d had before. Upon his arrival at the Southhampton Stony Brook Hospital in Long Island, N.Y., a doctor met Krensel in a hazmat suit in a large tent outside the facility, where he was asked “a series of rapid-fire questions” and then sent to a negative-pressure room, which prevents cross-contamination, for his visit. 



Wisconsin governor, over GOP objections, postpones Tuesday's election due to coronavirus


Wisconsin governor, over GOP objections, postpones Tuesday's election due to coronavirusWisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday issued an executive order to postpone state elections scheduled for Tuesday until June 9, a dramatic last-minute move that capped weeks of indecision by state leaders.



'I have a PhD': The spotlight is now on Peter Navarro's role in White House coronavirus response


'I have a PhD': The spotlight is now on Peter Navarro's role in White House coronavirus responsePeter Navarro has a Harvard degree, and he isn’t shy about letting it be known. "You can always tell a Harvard man, but you can't tell him much,” Navarro joked after President Trump introduced him last week as director of supply-chain issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.



Should churches be exempt from stay-at-home orders?


Should churches be exempt from stay-at-home orders?Stay-at-home orders in some states have made an exception for religious gatherings, raising concerns that places of worship could undermine efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus.



'This is my chance to thank New York,' says an immigrant working in a coronavirus hospital 'red zone'


'This is my chance to thank New York,' says an immigrant working in a coronavirus hospital 'red zone'Rejas’ unit is a “red zone” dedicated solely to patients infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. I'm a New Yorker in spirit. Rejas’s unit at the hospital originally held pediatric and elderly patients. We work together.” That's what makes our American dream happen.”



U.S. passes 10,000 coronavirus deaths


U.S. passes 10,000 coronavirus deathsThe COVID-19 outbreak in the United States reached yet another grim milestone on Monday, as the surgeon general warned the country is facing a “Pearl Harbor moment.”



Coronavirus: News and live updates


Coronavirus: News and live updatesThe latest news and information on the pandemic from Yahoo News reporters in the United States and around the world.



Is Trump leading a 'war' against the coronavirus?


Is Trump leading a 'war' against the coronavirus?While the term “warfare” is a useful metaphor for the kind of mobilization necessary to save lives in this crisis, it’s not a useful way to think about the primary responsibility of ordinary citizens right now, which is to stay at home.



'Who gets the kids?' I took an oath to serve my patients. My family didn't, but we're all in this together.


'Who gets the kids?' I took an oath to serve my patients. My family didn't, but we're all in this together.A doctor treating COVID-19 patients sits down with her husband to make a will.



Why these experts don't think we'll see a coronavirus baby boom


It's a topic of speculation every time a disaster hits.

Some may joke about a coronavirus baby boom. Here's why you shouldn't try to conceive in quarantine


As much of the world settles into a new routine of social distancing, couples are likely to have a lot more free time at home to snuggle together.

New York surgeon writes haunting letter about rationing care for patients who don't have the coronavirus


In a haunting letter to his friends and colleagues, a Columbia University surgeon describes how coronavirus has forced doctors to ration care for very sick patients who don't have the virus, but still need medical procedures.

As hospitals focus on coronavirus, patients with other illnesses wait in fear


After a diagnosis of breast and thyroid cancer last spring, LaDonna Lokey knew she had a long year of surgery and chemotherapy ahead of her.

Most people recover from Covid-19. Here's why it's hard to pinpoint exactly how many


It's a question that many want answered: Exactly how many people recover from Covid-19?

Loss of smell from coronavirus: How to test your sense


In mild to moderate cases of coronavirus, a loss of smell, and therefore taste, is emerging as one of the most unusual early signs of the disease called Covid-19.

How to make your own face mask


There's one thing you should know before diving into the conversation around masks: The public should not purchase surgical masks or N95 respirators. Health care workers are facing shortages and need those masks to treat coronavirus patients.

Now's the time to quit smoking: It could increase your odds of beating Covid-19


If you've been thinking about quitting smoking, there's no time like the present pandemic.

How to train yourself not to touch your face


We're washing our hands, staying at home and standing 6 feet apart when we do need to go out. What else can we do to limit the spread of Covid-19?

Print this so you don't bring coronavirus home


Life under coronavirus means staying home as much as possible -- but you'll likely need to make a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy at some point.

These are the faces of some of the US coronavirus victims


The number of people who have died in the United States after contracting the novel coronavirus continues to climb.

Here's a list of disinfectants you can use against coronavirus


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is arming consumers with a list of disinfectants that people can use to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus.

Coronavirus symptoms: A list and when to seek help


What are the telling signs that you may have the novel coronavirus which causes Covid-19?

How to make your own face mask (whether or not you know how to sew)


Here are simple, step-by-step instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to do just that, whether or not you know how to sew.

More than 10,000 people in the US have died from coronavirus. And officials say this will be the most challenging week yet


In just six weeks, the US death toll from coronavirus went from zero to more than 10,000. Yet there are also signs of progress. More Americans are finding creative ways to help. And in the US epicenter of coronavirus, the worst might be over soon.

Lions, tigers and house cats: You won't catch coronavirus from felines, experts say


A handful of exotic cats and a house cat have caught coronavirus from a person. But experts agree that humans don't need to worry about catching the virus from cats.

Doctors prepared this 90-year-old to die from coronavirus. Then she survived


Geneva Wood knew her life was about to end. She could feel it with every strained breath.

Hydroxychloroquine and Covid-19: an explainer


The prospect of using hydroxychloroquine to treat Covid-19 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic has sparked rancor and disagreement among politicians and scientists.

New guidance on masks in public: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for April 6


Up until last week, official guidance suggested that presumptively healthy people didn't need to be wearing masks. Now, that has changed. In this episode, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the new recommendations.

How to celebrate Easter and Passover during a pandemic


If there's anything families around the world are demonstrating as we approach spring holidays, it's the English proverb, "Necessity is the mother of invention." Here are several ways your family can celebrate Easter and Passover together but apart.

A difficult week ahead in the coronavirus fight begins with a US death toll nearing 10,000


The coronavirus pandemic -- with a death toll nearing 10,000 -- is not yet under control, a top US health official warned as the nation prepares to enter its most critical week yet in the fight against the outbreak.

UK PM Boris Johnson admitted to hospital for tests


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to the hospital for tests, Downing Street said Sunday.

Tracking Covid-19 cases in the US



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Inside an ER during the coronavirus outbreak


One emergency room. Forty minutes. Six patients go into cardiac arrest. Four die before they make it out of the ER.

The mystery of why the coronavirus kills some young people


When 30-year-old Ben Luderer started to feel sick, he wasn't that surprised. Just a few days earlier, his wife, Brandy, had tested positive for coronavirus, but there wasn't much to it.

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus


Nadia, a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York, has become the first of her kind to test positive for the coronavirus.

Coronavirus in South Korea: How 'trace, test and treat' may be saving lives


South Korea is testing more people per capita than anywhere else - and could be a role model for others.

Coronavirus death rate: What are the chances of dying?


The current best guess of a 1% death rate does not apply to everyone.

Coronovirus: Hand washing and other ways to protect yourself


The BBC Health team talks through the NHS advice about protecting yourself from COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Do face masks work? And other questions answered


The BBC's Fergus Walsh and expert Sian Griffiths answer your questions about the virus outbreak.

Coronavirus: Are we getting closer to a vaccine or drug?


We answer some of the big questions about vaccines and how long one for coronavirus could take.

Coronavirus: Advice for people with health conditions


Older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions are more vulnerable to the virus.

Coronavirus: What it does to the body


What is it like to have the coronavirus, how will it affect you and how is it treated?

Coronavirus: Inside an ICU fighting Covid-19


The BBC's Fergus Walsh meets medics treating patients with Covid-19 at University College Hospital London.

Coronavirus concerns delay treatment for cancer patient


Nic has been given under 36 months to live and due to coronavirus his treatment is being put on hold.

Coronavirus: 'Pregnancy during a pandemic is terrifying'


Carly was already a high-risk pregnancy. Now, she fears the toll of Covid-19 on hospitals could put her more at risk.

Coronavirus: How do you care for someone at home?


The BBC's Laura Foster explains measures you should take when caring for someone who has coronavirus in your home.

Coronavirus: 'It's vital we have the equipment we need' say care workers


Care companies have told the BBC that they still don’t have enough personal protective equipment.

Coronavirus: Spanish deaths fall for fourth consecutive day


Many hope the slowing death rate means lockdown measures, imposed weeks ago, are having an impact.

Coronavirus: When will we know if the UK lockdown is working?


Almost two weeks after Britons were confined to their homes, is the coronavirus curve flattening?

Coronavirus: Trump voices hope for ‘levelling-off’ in US hotspots


The president voices hope that cases are "levelling off" in US hotspots, but warns of more deaths.

Coronavirus: Tiger at Bronx Zoo tests positive for Covid-19


The Bronx Zoo in New York says this case of human-to-animal transmission appears to be unique.

Coronavirus: Quarantined Italian village turned into human laboratory


Could a tiny hilltop village in Italy help us solve some of the mysteries around coronavirus?

Coronavirus: Singapore quarantines 20,000 migrant workers


The workers will be paid - but some have complained of overcrowded and dirty conditions.

Coronavirus 'could wipe out Brazil's indigenous people'


Respiratory illnesses are already the main cause of death for the country's native communities.

Coronavirus: Why you now have to wear a mask in Austrian shops


It is a debate being had across the world, and now Austria and its neighbours have decided to act.

Coronavirus: Confirmed global cases pass one million


The number of cases has doubled in less than a week, according to the latest figures.

Coronavirus: How NHS Nightingale was built in just nine days


How London's ExCel centre was transformed into a hospital to treat coronavirus patients.

Coronavirus capital by capital: How are Europeans coping with shutdown?


Europeans face a blizzard of restrictions on their freedoms as authorities try to stop the spread.

Coronavirus: What's young people's risk?


A 13-year-old boy in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus has died. Are young people at risk?

India's poorest 'fear hunger may kill us before coronavirus'


Millions of Indians who rely on daily wages from jobs like cleaning risk running out of money.

Coronavirus: Who needs masks or other protective gear?


Masks, gloves and other protective kit can help stop the spread - but only in the right circumstances.

Coronavirus: How Covid-19 is denying dignity to the dead in Italy


Funerals have been banned in Italy - robbing many families of the chance to say a final goodbye.

Coronavirus: What could the West learn from Asia?


Experts say the UK and US lost an opportunity to prepare for the outbreak - but that it's not too late.

All you need to know on the coronavirus


The virus is spreading around the world, but what is it and what are the symptoms?

Coronavirus: How to exercise while staying at home


How do we keep fit while heeding the government's new advice on avoiding unnecessary social contact?

Coronavirus: Why washing hands is difficult in some countries


The World Health Organisation's advice is difficult to follow in some developing countries.

Coronavirus: Three reasons why the UK might not look like Italy


Boris Johnson's chief scientific adviser says the UK is four weeks behind Italy, What does that mean?

Coronavirus: Should I self-isolate and how do I do it?


Everybody should be avoiding non-essential contact, and you should stay at home wherever possible.

Coronavirus: Can I still walk my dog? And other questions


How many times can I walk my dog, how safe are groceries, can I have a birthing partner, and other questions answered.

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