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Supporters Of Brazil's Bolsonaro Call For Protests Against Coronavirus Lockdown

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 09:35

Followers of President Jair Bolsonaro demand that the country returns to work and ends closures imposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which has killed 77 in Brazil.

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Experts Say The U.S. Needs A National Shutdown Now — But Differ On What Comes Next

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 09:31

Leading public health experts argue that all U.S. states should have residents stay at home for several weeks to slow the coronavirus. But what needs to happen after the lockdowns are lifted?

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Mystery In Wuhan: Recovered Coronavirus Patients Test Negative ... Then Positive

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 09:28

NPR interviewed four residents of Wuhan who contracted the virus, recovered — but then had a re-test that turned positive. What does that mean for China's recovery from COVID-19?

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New Site Collects Reports Of Anti-Asian American Sentiment Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 09:23

Russell Jeung, a professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, describes harassment, assault and microagressions against Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Why 'Death Rates' From Coronavirus Can Be Deceiving

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 09:01

"Case fatality rates have been very confusing," says Dr. Steven Lawrence, an infectious disease expert. Here's why.

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Boris Johnson Tests Positive For Coronavirus, Is Self-Isolating

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 07:48

"I have developed mild symptoms of the coronavirus," U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a video announcement Friday.

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Comic: How To Turn Your Home Into A School Without Losing Your Sanity

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 07:00

Be realistic; be forgiving; remember to shake your sillies out. Education experts share tips for home-schooling during the coronavirus school closures.

In Phone Call, Trump, Xi Discuss Coronavirus Pandemic

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 05:33

The leaders spoke after a virtual G-20 meeting. The president called it a "very good conversation" and China state TV said Xi offered to help the U.S. in responding to the spread of the virus.

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Gig Workers Would Get Unemployment Safety Net In Rescue Package

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 05:01

Uber drivers, Airbnb hosts and other gig workers who have lost their livelihoods because of the coronavirus pandemic would get some relief under the proposed new $2 trillion federal rescue package.

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Bernie Sanders On His Campaign: 'It's Going To Be A Very Steep Road'

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 05:00

Sanders says he's eager to debate Joe Biden again. But facing an uphill battle for delegates, Sanders says he's still assessing the future of his presidential campaign.

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House Aims To Send $2 Trillion Rescue Package To President To Stem Coronavirus Crisis

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 05:00

Under the shadow of new, strict social distancing rules, House lawmakers will take up the $2 trillion plan on Friday. The president is expected to sign the historic measure into law.

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CPAP Machines Were Seen As Ventilator Alternatives, But Could Spread COVID-19

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 05:00

Doctors say the machine that helps some people with sleep apnea keep their airway open at night won't be enough to help an ill COVID-19 patient breathe, and could spread the coronavirus to bystanders.

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The Coronavirus Pandemic May Be Loosening Links In The Supply Chain

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 05:00

Some shippers can't meet unprecedented demand for basic goods. Others are starved for goods from Asia and are facing a drop-off in U.S. factory production.

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Trump's Approval Hits New High, But A Rally-Around-The-Flag Effect Is Small

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 05:00

Amid the pandemic, President Trump's approval rating has risen, but it's not the kind of increase other presidents have seen in other rally-around-the-flag moments.

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South Africa Reports First COVID-19 Deaths; Goes Into 3-Week Lockdown

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 03:59

At midnight Thursday, security forces began enforcing the order against all but essential movement. Meanwhile, the health ministry reported two COVID-19 deaths among nearly 1,000 confirmed cases.

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Federal Judge Orders 10 ICE Detainees Released From N.J. Jails Over COVID-19 Concerns

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 01:34

The detainees range in age from 31 to 56 years of age and have medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease and obesity — making them particularly vulnerable to the disease.

Show Me the Relief Money – No Promises On When Coronavirus Checks Are Coming

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 21:11

Under the plan, single people earning incomes below $75,000 will receive as much as $1,200. The White House says it will issue funds in three weeks but experts say it could take months for some.

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Answering Your Coronavirus Questions: Relief Package, The Food Industry And Sports

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 20:50

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we answer your questions about the relief package, your health, the food industry and sports during a pandemic.

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FACT CHECK: Testing Not Meeting Demand Despite Trump's Boasts

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 19:43

President Trump said Thursday that the U.S. is doing "tremendous" testing. But the truth is the country still lags far behind what's needed.

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Congress Approved The $2 Trillion Relief Package. When Can I Expect My Check?

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 19:18

Under the plan, single people earning incomes below $75,000 will receive as much as $1,200. The White House says it will issue funds in three weeks but experts say it could take months for some.