Articles on Coronavirus 2020

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson in mid-March, before he tested positive for the coronavirus. Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

With Boris Johnson in intensive care, who runs the UK?

The United Kingdom does not have a written constitution or a specific plan for what to do if the prime minister is too ill to perform official duties.
Samuel Diaz, a delivery worker for Amazon Prime, loads his vehicle with groceries from Whole Foods in Miami. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

Striking Amazon, Instacart employees reveal how a basic economic principle could derail our ability to combat the coronavirus

Delivery workers and others who ensure most people don't have to go outside for essential goods are creating what economic theorists call an uncompensated 'positive externality.'
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who did not issue a stay-at-home order for his state until April 1, 2020. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Democratic governors are quicker in responding to the coronavirus than Republicans

When US governors declared a state of emergency is likely pivotal in mitigating how hard COVID-19 hits their states. And it turns out that one party's governors made those decisions more quickly.
People have resorted to using scarves and bandanas as face masks to protect against spreading coronavirus. While cloth masks aren’t as effective as surgical masks, research suggests they can limit the spread of droplets. Jens Schleuter/Getty Images

Why wear face masks in public? Here’s what the research shows

U.S. health officials flipped their advice and now recommend everyone wear cloth masks in public to reduce the spread of coronavirus to others. Some cities have fines for going without masks.
Waitress Casey Stewart works at two restaurants, at least one which may have to close for at least a week or more. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

How the coronavirus recession puts service workers at risk

Service workers are some of the most at risk of both the coronavirus and financial woes.
Members of a medical assistance team from Jiangsu province at a ceremony marking their departure after participating in the fight against Covid-19 in Wuhan, March 19, 2020. STR/AFP

Debate: How Beijing is trying to save face in the global fight against Covid-19

China is seeking to present itself as a model in the fight against the coronavirus – even if it means rewriting the history of the crisis and discrediting the governance of liberal democracies.
Members of the Maryland Air National Guard arrange medical supplies for shipment from the Strategic National Stockpile. Master Sgt. Christopher Schepers/Maryland Air National Guard

Coronavirus: Strategic National Stockpile was ready, but not for this

The paradox of the stockpile is that it's meant to protect against future threats, but is limited by today's imagination about what those threats might be.

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