Covid-19 kills by inflaming and clogging the tiny air sacs in the lungs, choking off the body’s oxygen supply until it causes organ failure. But doctors are seeing that the virus may be causing heart inflammation, acute kidney disease, neurological malfunction, blood clots, intestinal damage and liver problems. Read about the new observations, which complicate treatment and make recovery less certain.
Trump on Tuesday ordered a halt on payments to the World Health Organization for what he called mismanagement of the pandemic. Although some countries have also been critical of the WHO, close U.S. allies said they vehemently disagreed with a suspension of payments and were not planning to follow suit. Bill Gates called the decision dangerous. “Halting funding for the World Health Organization during a world health crisis is as dangerous as it sounds,” he tweeted. "The world needs @WHO now more than ever.”
President Trump has been adamant in private discussions that he wants to lift distancing restrictions on May 1. In response, FEMA and the CDC created a public health strategy to reopen parts of the country. Read what's in the plan and how it would work.
As U.S. leaders discouraged mask use for the public in mid-March, the White House was racing to secure face coverings from Taiwan for senior staff. National Security Council officials worried that there were not enough masks at the White House complex, so they turned to a foreign government for help.
Now that billions of people all over the world are isolating in their homes, animals are roaming free. Wild boar have descended onto the streets of Barcelona. Mountain goats have overtaken a town in Wales. Whales are chugging into Mediterranean shipping lanes. And turtles are finally getting some peace. Read (and check out photos and video) about how the outbreak has allowed animals to take back what was once theirs.
A small-business program intended to swiftly fuel struggling companies has all but collapsed due to the enormous number of applications and the shortage of federal funds. The office usually assists businesses with geographically contained disasters such as hurricanes, but the coronavirus is widespread, which has it overwhelmed. Here's what we know about the backlog and the proposals to keep the program afloat.
More than 9,000 health-care workers in the United States have tested positive for covid-19, the CDC found. They are mostly white, female and in their 40s, and although most were not sick enough to be hospitalized, 27 died. But the numbers could be a gross undercount, since some facilities are no longer testing their own employees due to lack of capability. Read the latest on how the outbreak is affecting the people on the front lines.
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In an unprecedented move, the Treasury Department ordered President Trump’s name to be printed on stimulus checks, a process that could slow their delivery by a few days, senior IRS officials said.
Covid-19 checkpoints at state borders for non-residents are drawing complaints and legal scrutiny.
Grocery delivery was supposed to be the ultimate pandemic lifeline. But customers are reporting weeks-long waits on leading platforms.
The U.S. Postal Service needs a bailout if it's going to survive in its current form after the coronavirus.
‘I’m a miracle walking’: A woman gave birth in a coma while fighting the covid-19.
One tip: Arduous exercise can lower immunity, so don’t overdo it during the pandemic.
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