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5 Aug
We’re still learning about all the ways that Covid-19 can affect the body.

Symptoms have varied widely and progressed in unpredictable ways among the millions of cases seen so far.

Here’s a guide to what to watch for.
Symptoms range from several very common ones, like a fever and the loss of taste and smell, to some that are rare, like dizziness and rashes.

Some patients have only mild illness, but others have worsening symptoms and a sense of constant discomfort.
These 4 symptoms are very common among Covid patients and can emerge slowly over several days
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3 Aug
In 1918 and 1919, masks also stoked political division. Then, as now, medical authorities urged people to wear them to help slow the spread of disease. And then, as now, some people resisted.

Here's how that started — and what it looked like.
Masks were called muzzles, germ shields and dirt traps. They gave people a “pig-like snout.”

Some snipped holes in their masks to smoke cigars. Others fastened them to dogs in mockery.

Bandits used them to rob banks.

There were calls to protest, like this one in California.
The first U.S. cases of the 1918 influenza pandemic came in March. By fall, 7 cities — San Francisco, Seattle, Oakland, Sacramento, Denver, Indianapolis and Pasadena, California — had mandatory mask laws.

San Francisco was at the forefront, becoming known as the “masked city.”
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31 Jul
There’s little overlap in the plans released by Democrats and Republicans for another round of federal aid to address the coronavirus pandemic.

Here’s a look at how the 2 parties’ proposals compare:
$600 weekly unemployment benefits expire for millions of Americans today.
—Democrats want to continue the payments through January.
—Republicans propose reducing it to $200 per week through September, with a plan to set total benefits at 70% of lost income after that.
Both parties include a 2nd round of stimulus checks for individuals.

The Democratic plan is more costly, because it offers more aid and would allow undocumented immigrants to receive money.
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31 Jul
The coronavirus pandemic’s toll on the global economy became emphatically clearer this week, with record drops in GDP in Europe and the U.S.

Here's a look at what the numbers show.
In Europe, the economy tumbled into its worst recession on record in the 2nd quarter this year, with the sharpest contractions since statistics started being kept in 1995
In the U.S., economic output fell at its fastest pace on record in the spring, shrinking nearly $2 trillion in the 2nd quarter.

In essence, the slowdown wiped out 5 years of economic growth in a matter of months.
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30 Jul
President Trump does not have the authority to move the date of a federal election.

And his claim that mail-in voting would make the election “inaccurate and fraudulent” is false.

Here's what to know.
𝐐. Can a president cancel or postpone an election by executive order?

𝐀. No. The date of the general election — the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November — is set by federal law and has been fixed since 1845.

It would take a change in federal law to move the date.
𝐐. How likely is it that the U.S. election will be delayed?

𝐀. The House, which is controlled by Democrats; the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans; and President Trump would all have to agree.

To say that’s unlikely is an understatement.
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30 Jul
How could schools reopen classrooms safely during the pandemic? Everything would need to look different, experts say, from kindergarten story time to high school math class.
Changes at school will start as soon as students leave home: Bus rides won’t look the same.

A typical bus carries 54 children. With social distancing, it might be 8.

Some might use a zig-zag pattern and masks to allow more students on board.
Schools in Marietta, Georgia, plan to spend $640,000 to hire 55 monitors to check students’ symptoms before they board buses.

Dundee, Michigan, expects to spend over $300,000 to add bus routes.
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29 Jul
As colleges decide how and whether to reopen in the fall, many campuses have already been hit by the coronavirus.

We surveyed every public 4-year college in the U.S. along with many other top universities and found at least 6,300 cases tied to them.
Our survey is the most comprehensive look at the toll the virus has taken at U.S. universities: outbreaks on Greek Row at the University of Washington; the football team at Clemson; 438 cases at Central Florida.

Cases were tied to at least 270 colleges.
You can search our list of 4-year universities in the U.S., as well as private colleges that compete in Division-I sports or are members of an elite group of research universities.
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29 Jul
Today's big tech hearing is set to be a bizarre spectacle: 4 men who run companies worth nearly $5 trillion combined — and who include 2 of the world's richest individuals — primed to argue that their businesses are really not that powerful after all.
The captains of the New Gilded Age — Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Sundar Pichai of Google — will testify via video call.

You can watch live and follow along with our tech reporters here:
Lawmakers collected over 1.3 million documents during their investigations.

The exact content is unknown, but they're said to include information related to some of the companies’ acquisitions and internal communications among top executives.…
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24 Jul
The coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. right now rivals any in the world.

It has been surging since mid-June, and the country’s rate of infection now puts it squarely in the top 10 countries with the worst outbreaks.
Among countries with at least a million people, the U.S. outbreak is 5th-worst in the world. It ranks with countries from the Persian Gulf, where the virus has spread rapidly among foreign laborers, South Africa, Israel and several countries in Latin America.
The current U.S. outbreak is especially stark when compared to other large, high-income countries. All have few cases today compared to the U.S.

Italy and Spain saw some of the worst early outbreaks, before strict control measures brought cases down.
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24 Jul
We tracked donations to President Trump and Joe Biden from across the U.S. over the last 3 months — and the results offer yet another sign of the nation’s political divisions.

Here's a look at how they compare over all and in 5 key battleground states.
The data shows that, from April through June, Joe Biden had more donors in 26 states, including battlegrounds like Pennsylvania and North Carolina. President Trump led in 24 states, including critical states like Florida and Arizona. Image
Three of the 4 best ZIP codes for Joe Biden, in terms of the number of donors, were on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

President Trump's best ZIP code includes much of The Villages, a retirement community in Florida. Other strong areas were parts of the Houston and Phoenix suburbs.
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23 Jul
Nearly as many people in the U.S. are currently hospitalized with the coronavirus than at any time in the pandemic.

We gathered data for nearly 50 metropolitan areas to provide a detailed look at where people are falling seriously ill.
Experts say data on where people are hospitalized is crucial to understanding the epidemic. But the federal government has not released it.

Our data shows areas in Texas and Florida are seeing rates of hospitalization that New York and other cities saw in the spring.
Of the top 20 metro regions with the most severe hospitalization rates, 7 are in Florida.

One of them is Jacksonville, the city that had been due to hold the Republican National Convention until it was canceled on Thursday by President Trump.
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22 Jul
President Trump has said the growing number of coronavirus cases is due to increased testing. But our analysis shows the rise in cases far outpaces the growth in testing.

Testing has grown 80% since early June. Daily case counts have grown 215%.
In early June, about 21,000 coronavirus cases were reported per day in the U.S. when the positive test rate was 4.8%.
As more people were tested, the positive test rate should have fallen. Even if it had stayed the same, there would have been about 38,000 cases reported today.
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18 Jul
Businesses are touting their cleanliness to lure customers back. Many of the people hired to do the cleaning say they’re not given enough time or resources to keep others – or themselves – safe from the spread of the coronavirus.
As Americans navigate whether and how to report to work, shop, eat out, travel and educate children, it’s almost impossible to tell how frequently or thoroughly anything is cleaned
In the American workplace, janitors are often treated as a labor cost to be contracted out for the lowest possible price. Many of the country’s more than 2 million custodians do their work at night, unseen, for minimum wage.
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18 Jul
There is no official border negotiated high in the Himalayas, but instead a truce established a 2,100-mile Line of Actual Control. Soldiers from India and China clashed at a point in the Galwan Valley near the Line of Actual Control on June 15.
Indian officials have claimed that China was moving farther down the Galwan River than before while China claims sovereignty over the entire valley.
Galwan Valley is not the only area of tension, China has brought up weaponry in other parts along the Line of Actual Control, including north and east of Gogra, shown in this satellite image.
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18 Jul
China and India are locked in a tense, deadly struggle over some of the most inhospitable terrain on Earth. Despite efforts to ease tensions, the broader dispute remains unresolved and dangerous.

We visualized the area to help you understand the conflict.
At the center of the tension is Ladakh, a sparsely populated region where the two countries went to war in 1962.

The latest clashes stemmed from India’s efforts to build up roads on its side of the frontier, catching up to China’s effort on the other side.
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15 Jul
As U.S. intelligence agencies investigate whether a car bomb that killed 3 Marines in Afghanistan last year was detonated at the behest of a Russian military agency, family and friends of the Marines say it’s like experiencing their grief a second time
The debate over Russian bounties has brought the deaths of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, 43, Sgt. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, and Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hines, 31, to the forefront of American consciousness after 18 years of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.
The 3 Marines, all reservists, were killed on patrol on April 8, 2019, just 2 weeks before they were scheduled to go home — and while the U.S. was negotiating a peace deal with the Taliban.
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15 Jul
At the height of Black Lives Matter protests in New York City, the police were repeatedly filmed using force against peaceful protesters.

We reviewed more than 60 videos. In many, force did not appear warranted. This thread contains scenes of violence.
A short video does not tell the whole story.

It's unclear, for example, what the NYPD officers’ intentions were or why protesters were being arrested or told to move. We also don't know what happened before the camera started rolling.
But in case after case, New York City police officers could be seen responding to protesters with fists and clubs.

Here are some examples.
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11 Jul
For all their hero status, health workers are facing unimaginable pressure during the pandemic. Dr. Lorna M. Breen, an emergency room doctor at a New York City hospital, was known for being unflappable — until she faced the coronavirus.
In mid-March, Dr. Breen showed symptoms of Covid-19. Feverish and exhausted, she quarantined at home. She slept 14 hours in a row, was drained by small tasks, lost 5 pounds. But she still tried to sort out work problems, like a shortage of oxygen tanks.
When Dr. Breen returned to work on April 1, her emergency room was chaotic. She was scheduled for long shifts that bled into one another. Her coworkers found her frazzled and unlike her usual confident self.
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6 Jul
It's been clear for months that Black and Latino people in the U.S. were being harmed by the coronavirus at higher rates.

But new data we obtained by suing the CDC shows just how widespread the disparity is across the country.

Here's what we found.
The data provides detailed characteristics of 640,000 coronavirus infections detected in nearly 1,000 U.S. counties.

It shows that Black and Latino people have been affected by the virus at much higher rates than white people for months.
We found that Black and Latino people are 3 times as likely to contract the coronavirus as their white neighbors — and twice as likely to die.

The inequity spans the U.S. — in urban, suburban and rural areas — and cuts across every age group.
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3 Jul
“Tu lucha es mi lucha,” several signs read at a recent Black Lives Matter protest in Arizona. Your struggle is my struggle.

Many Latinos are backing Black Lives Matter protests, while pushing for an acknowledgment of the systemic racism they face.
“Tu lucha es mi lucha” decían en español varios carteles en una protesta reciente de Black Lives Matter.

Muchos latinos apoyan las protestas Black Lives Matter al tiempo que piden que se reconozca el racismo sistémico que también enfrentan.…
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