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Chicago’s O'Hare and other U.S. airports remain largely empty despite increased mask wearing and other measures to prevent COVID-19 spread. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Airlines got travelers comfortable about flying again once before – but 9/11 and a virus are a lot different

Airlines and airports reacted quickly after 9/11 to put new procedures in place that overcame passengers' newfound fears of flying. An aviation historian explains why it may be harder to so today.
Screening for symptoms can catch some cases of COVID-19, but about people who are infected but not showing any symptoms? AP Photo/John Raoux

Can people spread the coronavirus if they don’t have symptoms? 5 questions answered about asymptomatic COVID-19

There is a lot of confusion and concern around asymptomatic spread of SARS-C0V-2. An infectious disease expert explains how many people are asymptomatic and how they can spread the virus.
Coughing, sneezing, talking and even just breathing can produce airborne particles that can spread SARS-CoV-2. Stanislaw Pytel/Digital Vision via Getty Images

People are getting sick from coronavirus spreading through the air – and that’s a big challenge for reopening

SARS-CoV-2 can be spread through the air. But just how much of a factor that is has been hard to determine. Recent evidence suggests it is common, posing problems as public places begin to reopen.
Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, center, greets the arrival of medical specialists and supplies from China in March. AP Photo/Matias Delacroix

China’s efforts to win hearts and minds with aid and investment may make all the difference if there’s a cold war with the US

The US may want to rethink its anti-China policy as Beijing's focus on providing international coronavirus aid and digital and health care investments seems to be working.
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Should I wear a mask on public transport?

Masks protect you from infection and protect others from getting sick. But authorities are leaving it up to individuals to decide if they want to wear masks on the bus or train. Here's how to decide.
Evidence is growing that when masks are worn by nearly everyone, it can slow coronavirus transmission. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Masks help stop the spread of coronavirus – the science is simple and I’m one of 100 experts urging governors to require public mask-wearing

Recommendations around mask usage are confusing. The science isn't. Evidence shows that masks are extremely effective to slow the coronavirus and may be the best tool available right now to fight it.
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. Getty Images / Ethan Miller

Cracks in COVID-19 treatment reveal need to bolster primary care

Without massive change, the US health care system will continue to be disorganized and inefficient.
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.
Million Mask March in London November 2015. Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The impersonal politics of the Guy Fawkes mask

Why did a hacktivist collective like Anonymous repurpose the image of Guy Fawkes for its ubiquitous masks? A scholar looks at how a 17th-century English villain became the face of resistance.

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