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How Severe Is Your State's Coronavirus Outbreak?

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

View NPR's maps and graphics to see where COVID-19 is hitting hardest in the U.S., which state outbreaks are growing and which are leveling off.


CDC To Fund 650 Health Experts To Help States Trace, Stop COVID-19

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield says the agency will double the current number of positions to aid local health departments in quashing new outbreaks. They will focus on testing and contact tracing.


How Stories Connect And Persuade Us: Unleashing The Brain Power Of Narrative

Saturday, April 11, 2020

The power of shared storytelling to soothe or spur us to action may be more crucial than ever, scientists say. Here's what happens in the brain when we feel swept away by a story, book or film.


Opossums, Hydras And Hummingbirds: What We're Learning About Aging From Animals

Monday, April 06, 2020

Some animals live longer than they should for their size. Some have shorter lives. And others don't appear to age at all.


Coronavirus Sent Peace Corps Volunteers Home. It Could Also Give Them A New Mission

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Some 7,000 volunteers were evacuated in an unprecedented callback. Back home and jobless, they're in limbo — but there's a proposal to enlist them in the fight against COVID-19.


Prepare For Outbreaks Like New York's In Other States, Warns Anthony Fauci

Thursday, March 26, 2020

A key adviser to the president, Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn't think every state needs to be on lockdown just yet. But some places should be preparing for surges like New York's.


Her Incredible Sense Of Smell Is Helping Scientists Find New Ways To Diagnose Disease

Monday, March 23, 2020

Years before he got diagnosed with Parkinson's, Joy Milne noticed her husband's characteristic scent had changed. The discovery that she could smell his illness has opened up a new field of research.


How To Master The 20-Second Hand-Wash

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Getting to the 20-second mark is as easy as singing your ABCs. But what you do during those 20 seconds of scrubbing up to reduce coronavirus risk does take some training.


Which U.S. States Have Confirmed Coronavirus Cases?

Monday, March 02, 2020

Cases of the new coronavirus are appearing in many U.S. states, with about 100 confirmed to date. Here's where they are.


China's Red Banners Take On Coronavirus. Even Mahjong Gets A Mention

Sunday, March 01, 2020

The traditional propaganda tool is now addressing the outbreak. Like public health messages in many parts of the world, the banners can be straightforward, scary ... and quite creative.


Survival Of The Friendliest: How Our Close Friendships Help Us Thrive

Saturday, February 22, 2020

In her new book, Lydia Denworth makes the case for the vital necessity of friendship, tracing its effects on your genes, on your brain and even on animals like sheep and fish.


After The Diamond Princess Cruise, Coming Home To A Life In Isolation

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Carl Goldman tested positive for the new coronavirus after leaving the ship and arriving in the U.S. He is recovering in an isolation unit of the University of Nebraska Medical Center.


PHOTOS: Scenes From The Epicenter Of The Coronavirus Outbreak

Saturday, February 15, 2020

A photojournalist in Wuhan, China, portrays a city under quarantine in the midst of COVID-19.


Study: 1 In 5 Patients Gets A Surprise Medical Bill After Surgery

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

With two bills up for debate in the House this week aiming to stop surprise billing, research finds the average surprise bill post-surgery exceeds $2,000.


New Coronavirus Disease Officially Named COVID-19 By The World Health Organization

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The disease first identified in China in late 2019 was previously called "2019-nCoV."


Life In Quarantine: What It's Like For The U.S. Evacuees From Wuhan

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Hundreds of American travelers returned from Wuhan, China and are now under federal quarantine for two weeks. Some are happy to be back in the U.S., but wish they weren't confined in military bases.


As Out-Of-Pocket Health Costs Rise, Insured Adults Are Seeking Less Primary Care

Monday, February 03, 2020

When's the last time you checked in with your primary care provider? U.S. adults under age 65 made nearly 25% fewer visits to primary care providers in 2016 than in 2008, a big study finds.


Quarantined Folks In China Gripe And Goof Around On Social Media

Saturday, February 01, 2020

As the coronavirus outbreak continues, netizens are posting their thoughts on government information control — and showing how they manage to have fun in spite of it all.


Your Questions About Wuhan Coronavirus, Answered

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Does the virus have an official name yet? Can I get the disease from touching goods shipped from China? How worried should we be in the U.S.? We answer questions from our readers.


Coronavirus FAQs: Do Masks Help? Is The Disease Really So Mysterious?

Saturday, January 25, 2020

We're answering a few questions that you may be asking about the new coronavirus outbreak. And we invite you to send us your questions.