Pairing widespread testing with fast, effective contact tracing is considered essential for controlling the coronavirus’s spread as the U.S. passes 100,000 deaths.
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Since the state's first coronavirus case surfaced, trained case investigators have traced the contacts of every person who tested positive. Here's what else South Carolina got right.
Ticks like this one, shown magnified with an electron microscope, can transmit bacteria that cause severe illnesses in humans.
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What might look like a mild case of COVID-19 could actually be a bacterial infection from a tick bite, with potentially debilitating symptoms if it goes untreated.
Some of the highest coronavirus hospitalization rates in Denver are in neighborhoods near Valverde, a community that was once redlined.
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Neighborhood characteristics like pollution from busy roads, widespread public transit use and lack of community-based health care are putting certain communities at greater risk from COVID-19.
New research hints at why Germany’s death toll from COVID-19 was relatively low while Italy’s and America’s spiked.
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Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.
A restaurant in Bangkok created plastic partitions and moved its tables farther apart to separate guests in a normally tight space.
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It's hard to eat while wearing a face mask, and social distancing isn't easy in restaurants' normally tight quarters. An infectious disease expert offers some tips on what to look for to stay safe.
The coronavirus pandemic has created an environment of uncertainty, fear and despair – emotions that erode mental health.
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COVID-19 patients are spending weeks in intensive care units, isolated and alone, knowing they have a disease that doctors don't fully understand. It's a recipe for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Masks and social distancing can help protect shoppers from the coronavirus, but gloves aren’t recommended.
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Should I wear a mask and gloves in the grocery story? Sanitize my food? A food virologist takes on the top questions people are asking as they shop for food amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Emergency rooms across the country are seeing sharp drops in the number of patients seeking care for problems other than COVID-19.
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Delaying medical care comes at a cost, both human and financial. The patients some emergency rooms have been seeing are a lot sicker and more likely to need hospitalization.
Eight states send far more to the federal government through taxes than they see in annual federal spending.
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What is a state's balance of payments, and why do some pay so much more? An author of a report at the heart of debates over which states should get coronavirus relief funds breaks it down.
Many Mother’s Day visits this year will take place by video chats, as people put safety first.
Mothers love to be with their children on Mother's Day, but this year, things might be different. A physician walks you through some questions to consider as you decide whether such a visit is safe.
People with autism spectrum disorder think differently than most people. How they face challenges is something everyone can learn from.
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Many people with autism spectrum disorder have dealt with social isolation their entire lives. Their coping strategies could help the rest of the world right now, as a professor with ASD explains.
Separated families have to make tough calls over parenting during the pandemic.
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Social distancing can be especially hard when it comes to where children of divorced couples should stay – especially when one of the parents has illnesses that puts them at high risk of the coronavirus.
A number of young COVID-19 patients have developed inflammation in multiple organs.
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A biomedical researcher and pediatrician who works with Kawasaki disease and COVID-19 explains the similarities and differences in the worrisome cases doctors are starting to see.
It’s hard to avoid close contact during a hurricane evacuation and recovery.
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The US faces a high risk of hurricanes and other disasters this year that could leave thousands of people in need of shelter. COVID-19 will make those disasters more dangerous to manage.
Research shows smoking or vaping can make coronavirus illnesses worse.
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An addiction psychiatrist explains why smoking raises the risks from COVID-19 and how to quit.
As larger percentages of the U.S. population become infected, a study shows how direct medical expenses for treating COVID-19 will rise. Those costs will come back to everyone.
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Reopening state economies too soon risks a second wave of the pandemic, and a surge in medical costs. Anyone who pays insurance premiums and taxes will be picking up the tab.
Empty cafes with tipped chairs are a common sight worldwide during the coronavirus pandemic.
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We sorely miss our regular haunts during the coronavirus lockdown not only because we like them but also because a healthy society needs places where people can gather, mix and mingle.
The Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, had the first known COVID-19 outbreak in a U.S. nursing home. In Massachusetts, one-third of nursing homes now have more than 30 COVID-19 cases.
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The government doesn't know how many people have died of COVID-19, in part because it didn't require nursing homes to report cases to the CDC. In some states, over half of deaths are in nursing homes.
In the rural South, chronic illnesses are common, the population is older and health care options have been declining as hospitals close. All put the population at higher risk from COVID-19.
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Southern governors are starting to reopen their economies at the same time COVID-19 cases are spreading through the rural South.
Throughout the U.S., hospitals are short on supplies. At UNLV Medicine (University of Nevada at Las Vegas), the staff is running out of COVID-19 test kits.
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Without massive change, the US health care system will continue to be disorganized and inefficient.
To control the coronavirus spread, the U.S. needs to get the most value out of the limited testing capacity it has.
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Testing everyone for COVID-19 isn't realistic in a country the size of the US, but there are ways to design testing systems that can catch most of the cases.
It wasn’t until April 8 that the federal government authorized U.S. pharmacies to begin testing for COVID-19.
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As the health care system tries to solve the crisis in care around the coronavirus, pharmacists stand ready to help, but they face limits.
When leaders make public health decisions, such as how long social distancing should be maintained to reduce the coronavirus death toll, they often use mathematical models. The numbers aren’t always as simple as they seem.
A lot of numbers are being tossed around about COVID-19 and what to expect in the future. They're being used to make critical public health decisions, but they aren't as simple as they appear.
Hospitals have started using albuterol inhalers with coronavirus patients, making the rescue medication harder for asthma patients to find in some areas.
Asthma rescue inhalers are in short supply, and asthma sufferers are worried about the risks they face from COVID-19. A doctor answers six key questions.
Misinformation and unfounded claims about COVID-19 have flooded social media sites as the new coronavirus has spread.
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Social media analysts are seeing some alarming trends on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms as the new coronavirus spreads.