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The guidance on masks appears to be shifting, but social distancing is still the key step people can take. Muhammad Fayyaz Rub/Shutterstock.com

Should we wear masks or not? An expert sorts through the confusion

The CDC is reconsidering its policy about the widespread public's use of masks, as is the World Health Organization. Here are the facts about when it's appropriate to wear a mask – and what kind.
Rates of depression are expected to rise in the wake of coronavirus, as isolation and financial woes multiply. GettyImages/Photo by Ashley Cooper/Corbis

COVID-19 could lead to an epidemic of clinical depression, and the health care system isn’t ready for that, either

Stress, loss, loneliness and isolation are key factors in clinical depression, which affects millions. The US was unprepared for COVID-19 – will it remain unprepared for its medical aftermath?
The nonprofit International Community Health Services medical clinic in Seattle provides care for uninsured people. Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Abused children and family, people with mental illness are all especially vulnerable with stay-at-home orders from coronavirus

Different groups in society can suffer from social distancing practices. That includes higher risk of domestic violence, child abuse and mental health problems.
Chuck Sedlacek, a patient at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, smiles through a window at his children. Chuck has tested positive for the coronavirus. Getty Images / Karen Ducey

Preventing COVID-19 from decimating nursing home residents requires spending money and improving infection control

Nursing homes in the U.S. are not ready to care for coronavirus patients. Things need to change -- fast.
Issues of New York Magazine March 16-29, 2020 are on display at a newsstand in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, Thursday, March 19, 2020. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Can I complain about coronavirus? Why it is OK to vent, sometimes

With so much sadness and loss from COVID-19, some of us may feel selfish if we complain about relative inconveniences. But because humans are creatures of habit, changes are hard.
Behavior is changing because of the coronavirus. Is perceived risk the reason why? AP Photo/Steven Senne

Americans disagree on how risky the coronavirus is, but most are changing their behavior anyway

Using a survey taken from March 10 – March 16, social scientists tried to untangle the complicated connection between feelings of vulnerability and behavior change in response to the coronavirus.
An employee in Nantong, China, checks the production of chloroquine phosphate, an old drug for the treatment of malaria. Feature China/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Could chloroquine treat coronavirus? 5 questions answered about a promising, problematic and unproven use for an antimalarial drug

A medicinal chemist addresses questions about chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine: what it is, whether it is effective against COVID-19 and whether it can treat and/or prevent this disease.
World TB Day awareness rally and skit featuring young people on March 24, 2018 in Mumbai, India. Bachchan Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Just as in coronavirus, young people are key to stopping tuberculosis

Today is World TB Day. With attention turned toward coronavirus, it might seem too much to think about. But there's a lot to consider about the role of young people in stopping both diseases.
Erica Cisneros helps her daughters, Emilia and Eden, with their schoolwork at their home on March 18, 2020 in San Anselmo, California. Getty Images/Ezra Shaw

How do we protect ourselves at home during coronavirus, and what if someone has been exposed? 4 questions answered

Before schools and workplaces closed, people could have been exposed. How do we best manage that?
Women and their doctors need to communicate about potential sexual side effects from procedures that involve the cervix. RacheeLynn/Shutterstock.com

The cervix is sensitive, and surgeons need to acknowledge the part it plays in some women’s pleasure

Sexual health experts say it's a misconception that the cervix is insensitive, which can have implications for some medical procedures.
Touching one’s face is natural, but it spreads germs. There are ways to stop. Josep Curto/Shutterstock.com

How to stop touching your face to minimize spread of coronavirus and other germs

Studies have shown that some people touch their faces as often as 23 times an hour. Some studies have also shown that face-touching spreads germs, such as the coronavirus. Here are some ways to stop.