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Coronavirus FAQ: What Does It Mean If I Can Blow Out A Candle While Wearing A Mask?

Friday, July 24, 2020

The candle test is one way to assess (roughly) the effectiveness of a mask. If your mask passes the test, you can help it do an even better job with some simple hacks.


Coronavirus FAQ: What's The Best Way To Care For A Loved One With COVID-19?

Friday, July 17, 2020

With cases on the rise, people want to know: How do I look after a family member who's been diagnosed and is at home? And how do I show support for a friend with the virus?


Coronavirus FAQs: Is It Safe To Dine Indoors — Or Outdoors?

Thursday, July 02, 2020

We look at the risks to consider (and precautions to take) before a restaurant meal. Also: How risky is it to fly on fully booked flights?


Coronavirus FAQs: Is There A Polite Way To Remind Someone To Follow Pandemic Rules?

Friday, June 26, 2020

Also: if you're headed back to a physical workplace, how do you keep safe? And do you need to have a mask on all the time at work?


Coronavirus FAQs: Home Repair Guidelines, Toilet Plumes, Manicures And Self-Spraying

Friday, June 19, 2020

By popular demand, we've updated our guidelines for repair people in the home — and taken on new topics as well.


Locusts Are A Plague Of Biblical Scope In 2020. Why? And ... What Are They Exactly?

Sunday, June 14, 2020

They're swarming in gargantuan numbers in parts of Africa and South Asia — and posing a major threat to the food supply. If you have questions about these insects, we have answers.


Pandemic Perspective: What The 20 Poorest And Richest Countries Spend On Health Care

Saturday, June 13, 2020

A rich country might spend $5,000 or more on health care per person. A poor country might spend as little as $19 per person. How will that affect responses to the novel coronavirus?


Coronavirus FAQs: Convertibles, Dishwashing, Dog's Paws, Bowling, Travel With Kids

Friday, June 12, 2020

This week we tackle frequently asked questions — and some infrequently asked ones as well. And we also have advice on how to decide about possible testing if you attended a protest.


Coronavirus FAQs: How To Stay Safe While Protesting, When To Go Out After Recovery

Friday, June 05, 2020

Also: If I head to a new state or country for a visit, do I need to self-isolate to protect others in case I'm contagious?


Who Do People Trust For Coronavirus Info? In Zambia, It's Nuns On The Radio

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Sister Astridah Banda noticed that most of the information about the coronavirus was being shared in English in a country where 70 languages are spoken. That gave her an idea.


What The 1918 Flu Can Teach Us About Handling Today's Pandemic

Friday, May 15, 2020

Public health has come a long way since the deadly flu, but we find ourselves in an oddly similar moment, using many of the same measures employed in 1918, a medical historian says.


Artists Paint A Portrait Of A Pandemic

Monday, May 11, 2020

The United Nations and Amplifier, an arts group, called on artists to create inspiring and informative posters, graphics and animations around the coronavirus. Here's a selection of submissions.


A Flying Photographer Looks Down On Earth In Awe And Sorrow

Sunday, May 03, 2020

In his new book, The Human Planet: Earth at the Dawn of the Anthropocene, George Steinmetz offers a bird's-eye view of the mark humans have made on the global landscape.