Coronavirus Daily

Coronavirus Daily

By NPR

A daily news podcast about the coronavirus pandemic, covering all dimensions of the story from science to economics and politics as well as society and culture. Hosted by Kelly McEvers from Embedded. Approximately 10 minutes in length. Publishing weekday afternoons. Includes stories and interviews from NPR's Science, International, National, Business and Washington reporting teams, as well as station reporters, and the crews at Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Episodes

The Coronavirus In America: One More Racial Inequity

The more we learn about the coronavirus, the clearer it becomes that it's disproportionately affecting communities of color. And as protests continue across the country, some health experts worry that the hardest hit areas could be in for another wave of cases. By almost every economic measure, black Americans have a harder time getting a leg up. As the pandemic has sent the country's economy into the worst downturn in generations, it's only gotten worse. More from NPR's Scott Horsley and the team at NPR's Planet Money. Despite all of this, there is a bit of good news. Some communities across the country are reporting a decrease in COVID-19 cases. NPR's Rob Stein breaks down the national outlook. [LINK TK]Plus, advice on how to combat anxiety, avoid insomnia and get some rest. Sign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter.You can find more sleep tips on NPR's Life Kit on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and NPR One. Find and support your local public radio station
02/06/2011m 45s

Protesting In A Pandemic; The Fight Over Mail-In Voting

The coronavirus pandemic has collided with protests all over the country over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and many other black Americans. Now public health officials are concerned for the health of protesters. Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms even encouraged protesters in her city to get tested.NPR's Pam Fessler reports the legal fight between Democrats and Republicans over mail-in voting has intensified ever since the pandemic hit.Listen to Short Wave's episode about what we will ⁠— and won't ⁠— remember about the pandemic on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and NPR One. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
01/06/2010m 44s

Q & A: Voting And Acts Of Kindness

Bestselling author Cheryl Strayed joins NPR's Ari Shaprio as listeners share stories about acts of kindness they've experienced.These excerpts come from NPR's nightly radio show about the coronavirus crisis, The National Conversation. In this episode:-NPR reporter Miles Parks answers questions about how upcoming elections can be run safely.-Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of 'Wild' and host of the podcast Sugar Calling, joins NPR host Ari Shapiro to hear listeners' stories about acts of kindness during the pandemic.Find and support your local public radio station.
30/05/2016m 41s

The Rural/Urban Divide; Safe Summer Activities

Democrats want another coronavirus relief bill. A sticking point for Republicans is $600 a week in federal unemployment benefits — which means some workers have been able to collect more money on unemployment than they did in their previous jobs.Essential workers who have continued to work may have received temporary wage bumps. But NPR's Alina Selyukh reports many companies are ending that hazard pay. Challenges to statewide stay-at-home orders are mounting in rural communities that have few coronavirus cases. NPR's Kirk Siegler reports on the dispute in Baker County, Oregon. Plus, experts weigh in on the safety of different summer activities.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
29/05/2012m 52s

Why Are Some Countries Doing Better Than Others?

A new study suggests the coronavirus is both more common and less deadly than it first appeared, NPR's Jon Hamilton reports. From NPR's Joel Rose: a shortage of machines to process tests is the latest bottleneck in the pandemic supply chain.Certain countries like New Zealand, Germany and several nations in Asia have been successful in controlling the coronvavirus. NPR's Jason Beaubien reports on how leadership played a strong role. Mara Gay is 33-years-old, lives in New York City and got sick with COVID-19 in April. She spoke with NPR's Michel Martin about her long recovery process, despite being young and healthy.Plus, two teenagers who were looking forward to competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which was cancelled this week. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
28/05/2013m 17s

Global Vaccine Competition; More Than 100,000 Dead

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 100,000 people have died in the United States from COVID-19, and experts at the World Health Organization warn a second peak of COVID-19 infections could occur during this first wave of the virus. Meanwhile, the global race for a vaccine is generating competition between nations, mainly the U.S. and China. New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal more than 60,000 health care workers have been infected with COVID-19, and almost 300 have died. This is a dramatic increase since the CDC first released numbers six weeks ago. Bangladesh has extended its coronavirus lockdown — except for the garment factories. But with big brands canceling orders, workers face pay cuts, hunger and little to no social distancing. Plus, an obituary writer reflects on COVID-19 deaths.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
28/05/2013m 16s

99,000 People Dead And A Dire Summer Prediction

As the United States nears 100,000 coronavirus deaths and states begin to re-open, what's next for the country? Dr. Ashish Jha of Harvard's Global Health Institute cautions it's still early in the crisis. Researchers have found the coronavirus was introduced to the U.S. in part by affluent travelers — but those weren't the people hit the hardest. Cathy Cody owns a janitorial company in a Georgia community with a high rate of COVID-19. Her company offers a new service boxing up the belongings of residents who have died. Read or listen to the full story from NPR's Morning Edition.Plus, rollerblading is having a moment.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
26/05/2013m 0s

The Cost Of Being "Essential"

From NPR's Embedded: The workers who produce pork, chicken, and beef in plants around the country have been deemed "essential" by the government and their employers. Now, the factories where they work have become some of the largest clusters for the coronavirus in the country. The workers, many of whom are immigrants, say their bosses have not done enough to protect them. Regular episodes return tomorrow.
25/05/2020m 28s

Q & A: Vaccine Development And Kids' Questions

NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca answers listener questions about vaccine development, and medical experts tackle questions sent in by kids.These excerpts come from NPR's nightly radio show about the coronavirus crisis, The National Conversation. In this episode:-NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca explains how vaccines are made and the unique challenges associated with COVID-19.-Kids' questions are answered by pediatric nurse practitioner Suzannah Stivison from the Capitol Medical Group in Washington, D.C., and Dr. Wanjiku Njoroge, medical director for the Young Child Clinic at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.Find and support your local public radio station.
23/05/2012m 59s

Fauci Optimistic On Vaccine; What's Different About Military Homecomings

Earlier this week, an experimental coronavirus vaccine showed promise. But, for the moment, the full data from that research hasn't been released. Friday morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci told NPR he's seen the data and it looks "quite promising." According to Fauci, barring any setbacks, the US is on track to have a vaccine by early next year. Millions of Americans are turning to food banks to help feed their families during the pandemic. A new federal program pays farmers who've lost restaurant and school business to donate the excess to community organizations. But even the people in charge of these organizations say direct cash assistance is a better way to feed Americans in need.A few months ago, before the lock downs, nearly 3,000 paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division left on a short-notice deployment to the Middle East. The 82nd is coming back is being welcomed back to a changed nation and a changed military.Plus, about 180 people are hunkered down together in a Jerusalem hotel, recovering from COVID-19. Patients from all walks of life — Israelis, Palestinians, religious, secular groups that don't usually mix — are all getting along. Listen to the full Rough Translation podcast "Hotel Corona."Sign up for 'The New Normal' newsletterFind and support your local public radio station
22/05/2011m 39s

Optimism For A Vaccine; Strapped Unemployment Offices Leave Many Waiting

A new analysis from Columbia University says that roughly 36,000 people could've been saved if the United States had started social distancing just one week earlier. But that all hinges on whether people would have been willing to stay home. Sign up for 'The New Normal' newsletterResearch with mice, guinea pigs and monkeys is making scientists increasingly optimistic about the chances for developing a COVID-19 vaccine. Three studies released Wednesday show promising results after the animals received experimental vaccines. But public health success will require global cooperation. Meanwhile, state unemployment agencies are feeling the pinch as they try to keep up with unparalleled demand for their services. And as bordering towns begin to ease stay-at-home restrictions, the logistics around reopening neighboring areas is leading to quite a bit of confusion. Plus, sometimes you just need a hug. And if you're isolating alone, TikTok star Tabitha Brown has got you covered with comfort content to help you feel loved.
21/05/2012m 54s

What Contact Tracing Tells Us About High-Risk Activities

Three-quarters of Americans are concerned that a second wave of coronavirus cases will emerge, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds. Despite that, groups around the country, including in Michigan, are protesting state lockdowns. President Trump's stance on hydroxychloroquine has made the drug harder to study, according to some scientists. Researchers have been digging into contact tracing data from countries that had early outbreaks. Data suggest high risk activities include large indoor gatherings. Lower risk is going to the grocery store.Plus, what is happening with classroom pets when school is out of session due to the coronavirus. Reporter Sara Stacke's story with photos.You can hear more about the NPR poll on the NPR Politics Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and NPR One.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
20/05/2012m 5s

Indoor Spread, Workers' Anxieties, And Our Warped Sense Of Time

There are still a lot of questions about how the coronavirus is transmitted through air. Researchers are looking at how the virus is spread indoors and how to safely have people under one roof. As states around the country lift restrictions and businesses reopen, many workers in close-contact jobs are scared for their health and would rather stay on unemployment. NPR's Chris Arnold reports on what options workers have.Listen to Short Wave's episode about why it's so hard to remember what day it is and some tips for giving time more meaning on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and NPR One.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
19/05/2011m 58s

Encouraging Vaccine News; Pandemic Grows More Political

A new coronavirus vaccine candidate shows encouraging results. It's early, but preliminary data shows it appears to be eliciting the kind of immune response capable of preventing disease. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has been signaling that more government spending might be necessary to prevent long-term economic damage. As the pandemic becomes more political, researchers are concerned debates over masks, social distancing and reopening the economy are inflaming an already divided nation. Incidents of violence are rare, but concerning to experts.Plus, a 102-year-old woman who survived the influenza of 1918, the Great Depression, World War II and now, COVID-19.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
18/05/2010m 59s

Q & A: Sleep Problems And Summer Childcare

Sleep experts answer listener questions about insomnia, and a nurse practitioner offers advice to parents about summer childcare.These excerpts come from NPR's nightly radio show about the coronavirus crisis, 'The National Conversation with All Things Considered.' In this episode:- Dr. Sonia Ancoli-Israel of the Center for Circadian Biology, and Dr. Christina McCrae of the Mizzou Sleep Research Lab offer advice to listeners who are having trouble falling asleep.- Pediatric nurse practitioner Suzannah Stivison answers parents' questions about childcare this summer.If you have a question, you can share it at npr.org/nationalconversation, or tweet with the hashtag, #NPRConversation.We'll return with a regular episode of Coronavirus Daily on Monday.
16/05/2014m 5s

The Government's Vaccine Push; Businesses Struggle With Reopening Rules

To speed up the process of developing a coronavirus vaccine, the Trump Administration says the government will invest in manufacturing the top candidates even before one is proven to work.As parts of the country reopen, different rules apply across state and even city lines, leaving business owners trying to figure things out for themselves, 'All Things Considered' host Ari Shapiro reports.Demand for goods and services plunged in April according to new data. NPR's Stacey Vanek Smith of The Indicator reports on pent-up demand and what that means for the future of the U.S. economy.The Navajo Nation has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 deaths per capita in the United States. NPR's Code Switch podcast examines why Native Americans have been so hard hit by the coronavirus. Listen to their episode on race and COVID-19 on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and NPR One.Listen to Throughline's episode about the origins of the N95 mask on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and NPR One.Find and support your local public radio stationSubmit a question for "The National Conversation"Sign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
15/05/2013m 27s

Whistleblower: U.S. Lost Valuable Time, Warns Of 'Darkest Winter In Modern History'

Career government scientist-turned-whistleblower Rick Bright testified before Congress Thursday that without a stronger federal response to the coronavirus, 2020 could be the "darkest winter in modern history."Schools might not open everywhere in the fall, but some experts say keeping kids home is a health risk, too.Apple and Google want to develop technology to track the spread of COVID-19 while protecting individuals' privacy, while some states like North Dakota are developing their own apps.Plus, tips on social distancing from someone who's been doing it for 50 years: Billy Barr's movie recommendations spreadsheet.Listen to the NPR Politics Podcast's recap of today's hearing on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and NPR One.Send your remembrance of a loved one to embedded@npr.org. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
15/05/2013m 24s

Public Health Vs. Politics; Lessons From An Anti-Mask Protest

The U.S. has more coronavirus deaths than any country in the world. Dr. Anthony Fauci says the number of American fatalities is likely an under count.Nearly 40% of households making less than $40,000 a year lost a job in March. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said on Wednesday that additional government spending may be necessary to avoid long-lasting economic fallout.A small but vocal minority of people are pushing back against public health measures that experts say are life-saving. It's not the first time Americans have resisted government measures during a pandemic. Listen to Embedded's episode on the backlash on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and NPR One. President Trump has prioritized getting sports running again after the coronavirus lockdown. But NPR's Scott Detrow reports the idea is facing logistical and safety challenges.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
13/05/2011m 45s

Testing, Reopening Schools, Vaccines: Fauci And Others Testify

In a Senate committee hearing on Tuesday, Chair Lamar Alexander of Tennessee asked Dr. Anthony Fauci whether coronavirus treatments or a vaccine could be developed in time to allow college students to return to school in the fall. Fauci said that "would be a bridge too far." There's a full recap of today's hearing on The NPR Politics Podcast. listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and NPR One.New York is trying to build what could become one of the largest contact tracing programs for COVID-19. Starting this month, public health officials there are looking to hire as many as 17,000 investigators.Nursing homes account for nearly half of COVID-19 deaths in some states. NPR's Ina Jaffe reports on why nursing homes have been so vulnerable to the virus and what could be done to improve them in the future.Plus, a professional musician sidelined by the coronavirus becomes a one-man marching band for his neighborhood.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
12/05/2013m 10s

How To Stay Safe As States Reopen; The Latest on Masks

Democrats want another stimulus plan, but Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin says the Trump administration wants to wait before providing any further aid. As more states ease stay-at-home orders, NPR's Allison Aubrey reports on ways to stay safe while seeing friends, going to church and returning to work. The CDC still recommends people wear masks. The coronavirus pandemic has had a disproportionately large effect on black Americans. Lawmakers and local officials are looking for ways to make sure the communities hit hardest are getting the right information about the virus.In Life Kit's latest episode, Sesame Street's Grover answers kids' questions about the coronavirus on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and NPR One. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
11/05/2011m 47s

Q & A: Home Cooking And Environmental Impact

Chef Samin Nosrat, author of 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat,' answers listener cooking questions. NPR's science correspondent discusses the pandemic's environmental impact.These excerpts come from NPR's nightly radio show about the coronavirus crisis, 'The National Conversation with All Things Considered.' In this episode:- NPR Science Desk correspondent Lauren Sommer talks about the environmental impact of the economic slowdown- Samin Nosrat, author and host of the Netflix series 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat,' offers inspiration to those who find themselves short on ingredients or cooking for oneIf you have a question, you can share it at npr.org/nationalconversation, or tweet with the hashtag, #NPRConversation.We'll return with a regular episode of Coronavirus Daily on Monday.
09/05/2018m 8s

Antibodies And Immunity; Why Even Health Care Workers Are Losing Jobs

Most people infected with the coronavirus develop antibodies in response. NPR's Richard Harris reports that scientists are trying to figure out if that means people who've been exposed are immune from reinfection and, if so, for how long.The Labor Department reported 20.5 million jobs were lost in April, putting the jobless rate at its highest level since the Great Depression. Health care workers are among those hard hit by the economy. Many are losing work as hospitals struggle financially due to a decrease in non-emergency visits and procedures. Only a few states have enough tests to ensure safe reopening. One of them, Tennessee, has taken a unique approach to testing: Its state government pays for every single test, no questions asked.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
08/05/2012m 34s

Track Your State's Testing; What A Possible Mutation Means

Testing for the coronavirus is still falling short in many places in the U.S. How is your state doing? Track it using a tool from NPR.A mutated strain of the coronavirus may have helped it spread more widely, according to a new preliminary study that's getting a lot of attention even before it's peer-reviewed.Despite Trump administration claims that the coronavirus may have accidentally escaped from a lab in China, scientists it's more likely the coronavirus spread naturally. Listen to Short Wave's episode about why, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and NPR One, and explore a second episode about the likelihood the virus originated in bats. One of the deadliest outbreaks of the coronavirus has been at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Massachusetts. Officials are investigating what happened there.Plus, experiments are undeway to see if dogs can be trained to sniff out the coronavirus. Meanwhile, U.S. animal shelters have reported having all their dogs fostered during the lock down. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
08/05/2013m 24s

More Americans Are Getting Tested, But Experts Warn Of Second Wave

The White House Coronavirus Task Force is not disbanding, but instead shifting its focus to "opening up our country," according to President Trump. Testing in the U.S. has been rising steadily, but experts say more is still needed and the US should be prepared for a second wave.Several states are allowing restaurants to reopen and dining to resume, with limited capacity. Owners are struggling to figure out how they can reopen and turn a profit during the pandemic. The United Kingdom now has the second most lives lost to the coronavirus pandemic, behind the United States. NPR's Frank Langfitt reports on what's happening in Britain. Plus, an 11-year-old wrote a letter to thank her mail carrier. Postal workers from all over the country responded.Share a remembrance if you've lost a loved one to the coronavirus at npr.org/frontlineworkersFind and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
06/05/2013m 14s

When To See A Doctor; Policing During The Pandemic

California, one of the first states to shutdown, joins a growing list of states that are trying to restart their economies. Customers around the country are deciding if they are comfortable starting to shop again.Law enforcement is adapting to what it means to police during a pandemic.A fever and dry cough are no longer the only official symptoms of COVID-19. NPR's Maria Godoy has tips for when even milder symptoms, like headaches and loss of smell and taste, should prompt you to seek testing. Plus, scientists on a research vessel in Arctic have been isolated from the coronavirus. Some are anticipating what it will be like to return to a society in lock down. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
05/05/2013m 15s

New Cases Plateau For Now As States Chart Their Own Course

One model forecast 60,000 Americans would die from COVID-19 by August. But fatalities keep rising, and the United States has surpassed that number.Around the country, different states are taking different approaches to reopening. Donald Kettl, professor of public policy at the University of Texas at Austin, says this pandemic has brought up questions about federalism.Few online grocery delivery services accept payments from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. That causes problems for recipients at high risk for COVID-19.Plus, NPR's reporter in Nairobi finds his parents connecting with his kids through TikTok.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
04/05/2011m 45s

Q & A: Dentists, Reopening Businesses, And Contact Tracing

A dentist, epidemiologist and NPR journalists answer listener questions on 'The National Conversation with All Things Considered,' NPR's nightly radio show about the coronavirus crisis. Excerpted here:- NPR's senior business editor Uri Berliner and epidemiologist Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo discuss reopening nonessential businesses- NPR's health policy reporter Selena Simmons-Duffin on the logistics of contact tracing- Dentist Dr. Suhail Mohiuddin on when a dental problem is urgent enough for an in-person visitIf you have a question, you can share it at npr.org/nationalconversation, or tweet with the hashtag, #NPRConversation.We'll return with a regular episode of Coronavirus Daily on Monday.
02/05/2023m 36s

Operation Warp Speed; Essential Workers Fight For Benefits

The Trump administration is calling the effort to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 "Operation Warp Speed." Dr. Anthony Fauci says if all goes well, we could have hundreds of millions of vaccines as early as next January. Today is International Workers Day, and this year workers at Amazon, Walmart and Target are using the occasion to organize mass protests. They say their companies are not doing enough to protect and compensate them, even as the nation hails them as "essential." Today is also historically known as National College Decision Day for college-bound high school seniors. But that's changed this year too. Many colleges have postponed their decision deadlines to June 1. And as the pandemic continues to cause students' personal circumstances to change, some are reconsidering attending a four-year college full time at all. In New York City, a funeral director says knowing that his team is performing a service for their community helps him get through long and stressful days. Plus, some happy news: NPR producer Emma Talkoff's twin sister and her now-husband got married in their apartment last weekend. Talkoff shares what it was like for her family to witness the joyful moment via Zoom. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
01/05/2012m 55s

Federal Stay-At-Home Guidance Ends; A Potential New Test For COVID-19

The federal stay-at-home guidance ends on Thursday. Some governors are planning to open up their states, but others say it's too soon. A potential new kind of test for COVID-19 could be simpler and cheaper to use than existing tests. But because it has a relatively high false negative rate, some scientists are wary. The pandemic has left more than 30 million people in the U.S. unemployed. Activists and community organizers are putting together strikes, refusing to pay rent on May 1. But landlords are also facing financial pressure.Using the Defense Production Act, President Trump has ordered meatpacking plants to stay open despite a high rate of coronavirus outbreaks among workers. KCUR's Frank Morris reports on what's happening in the industry.Life Kit's guide to managing screen time on Apple, Spotify and NPR One.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
01/05/2011m 35s

A Drug Could Speed Up Recovery; The Economy Declines

Results from a trial involving more than a thousand hospital patients showed the drug Remdesivir could speed up recovery from COVID-19 and possibly also reduce deaths. Wednesday morning's first quarter gross domestic product report shows that the economy shrank last quarter at a rate not seen since the fall of 2008. New findings suggest a link between COVID-19 and life-threatening blood clots that cause strokes in all age groups. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts talks about how his state is trying to lead the charge in contact tracing, and how leadership during a pandemic is uniquely challenging. Plus, in New Orleans, Brass-a-Holics bandleader Winston "Trombone" Turner wanted to honor the deceased of COVID-19 like they would have been ordinarily — with music. So, he picked up his horn and called a few friends to record a performance of "I'll Fly Away," a celebratory song played at almost every traditional New Orleans funeral. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
30/04/2012m 55s

1 Million Confirmed Coronavirus Cases In U.S.; Labs Struggle To Test Faster

More than 1 million cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University.Nationwide social distancing guidance runs through April 30. After that, what happens is up to individual states. One reason why coronavirus testing has been stymied in the United States is that public health labs in at least 10 states have been underfunded for years, an investigation by APM found.Plus, listeners of It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders share how they are spending their free time. Listen on Apple, Spotify and NPR One.Life Kit's full episode on how to start running with Peter Sagal on Apple, Spotify and NPR One. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
29/04/2012m 49s

New Symptoms; A Missed Chance At Early Detection

Challenges with testing and logistics, clashes between federal and state officials and even hospitals' fears of being stigmatized as a source of infection — all cost valuable time in detecting the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S., reports NPR's Lauren Sommer. The federal government has re-started the Paycheck Protection Program, which gives loans to small businesses. Lawmakers required some of the money to go community banks this time around.Also, the CDC recognizes new symptoms of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, Italy will start reopening the country next week. The country has suffered high death rates, second only to the U.S., and it was the first western nation to lock down. Plus, one of the top-grossing movie theaters in the country this past week was the Ocala Drive-In in Ocala, Florida. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
27/04/2011m 39s

Q & A: Ethical Dilemmas And Disinfectants

A scientist and a philosopher answer listener questions on 'The National Conversation with All Things Considered,' NPR's nightly radio show about the coronavirus crisis. Excerpted here:- Aerobiologist Joshua Santarpia discusses disinfectants.- Professor David Chan talks through the day-to-day ethical dilemmas during the pandemic.If you have a question, you can share it at npr.org/nationalconversation, or tweet with the hashtag, #NPRConversation.We'll return with a regular episode of Coronavirus Daily on Monday.
25/04/2015m 29s

Southern States, Moving To Reopen, Could Be Most Vulnerable

Data shared at a White House press briefing Thursday was unusual, says David Lappan of the Bipartisan Policy Center — and not just because it prompted the President to wonder if disinfectants could be injected into coronavirus patients. Southern states are some of the first to start reopening, but NPR's Debbie Elliott reports people there may be more vulnerable to COVID-19 because of high rates of poverty, chronic diseases, and natural disasters.Plus, a Washington Post reporter on what America looks like from the open road. The biggest risk in grocery shopping comes from the people you could come in contact with, not the food. Watch Life Kit's video for tips on grocery shopping safely.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
24/04/2012m 58s

Coronavirus Not Going Away Before Next Fall, Fauci Says

Dr. Anthony Fauci said we will still be dealing with the coronavirus next fall. The severity depends on what we do over the next few months.What about college campuses? NPR's Elissa Nadworny reports universities are figuring out if they can reopen for fall semester or go virtual.Plus, a study finds wearing a nylon stocking over homemade masks can boost protection.And a look at why COVID-19 seems to be killing more men than women. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
23/04/2011m 57s

Georgia's Plan To Reopen; Anti-Shutdown Protests And Fox News

Posthumous autopsy results revealed the first U.S. death from COVID-19 happened much earlier than previously thought.The state of Georgia will reopen parts of its economy on Friday, even as members of the White House coronavirus task force can't say how all parts of the state could safely do so. NPR's David Folkenflik reports on the link between Fox News and anti-shutdown protests.Plus, a website that recreates the sounds of your office.NPR's reporting on the NIH's recommendation against doctors using hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.Listen to the latest episode of NPR's Rough Translation on Apple, Spotify and NPR One.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
22/04/2012m 48s

More Small Business Aid; Antibody Test Results

The Paycheck Protection Program was created to help small businesses hit by the pandemic, but the program was exhausted quickly. Now congress has secured another round of funding.Recovering from COVID-19 can be a long journey. NPR's Jon Hamilton reports on the oftentimes grueling process.Experts say contact tracing and antibody testing are crucial steps for reopening the country. Plus, a look at one part of the economy that never closed. Must-run factories operating around the clock have lessons for other businesses about how to keep workers safe.Listen to Life Kit's episode on how to spot misinformation on Apple, Spotify and NPR One.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
21/04/2012m 47s

Why Testing Is Still So Far Behind

President Trump's guidelines for reopening the country put the onus on governors across the nation. But many say they don't have enough testing supplies to reopen their states.A Harvard infectious disease specialist explains why testing in the United States is still a problem. Plus, a couple share the lessons they learned from the 1918 flu pandemic. (He's 107-years-old. She's 100.) Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
20/04/2011m 29s

Q & A: Pets And COVID-19, Ventilators, And The View From Wuhan

Public health experts and NPR journalists answer listener questions on 'The National Conversation with All Things Considered,' NPR's nightly radio show about the coronavirus crisis. Excerpted here:- NPR's Emily Feng discusses China's next steps.- Emergency Physician Richard Levitan addresses skepticism about the effectiveness of ventilators.- Veterinarian Krista Miller answers questions about pet care and adoption. If you have a question, you can share it at npr.org/nationalconversation, or tweet with the hashtag, #NPRConversation.We'll return with a regular episode of Coronavirus Daily on Monday.
18/04/2020m 58s

Testing Holds States Back; Vaccine Timeline

According to new White House guidelines, a state, city, or county has to show a decreasing rate of confirmed coronavirus cases for 14 days before reopening their economy. A year may seem like a long time to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus, but vaccine development typically takes longer. NPR's Joe Palca explains why it's so hard and what researchers are doing to speed things up.Food banks around the country have been stretched, including one in San Antonio. Last week it served 10,000 families, many of whom are dealing with joblessness and food insecurity caused by the pandemic. Plus, the man who developed the N95 mask filter technology comes out of retirement.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
17/04/2012m 37s

New White House Guidance for When States Can Move To Reopen

The White House Thursday offered a blueprint for states to re-open. It starts with a decline in confirmed cases of COVID-19 and includes extensive testing that does not yet exist. Johns Hopkins epidemiologist Jennifer Nuzzo told NPR's Rachel Martin that the lack of testing means the outbreak is still largely unpredictable. In the past four weeks, 22 million people have filed for unemployment, nearly wiping out all the job gains since the Great Recession. A group of volunteer EMTs in New Jersey is on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak.Plus, after seven months in space, astronaut Jennifer Mier returns to a very different reality on Earth.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
16/04/2011m 36s

Reopening Won't Feel Normal; Tech Giants Plan For Contact Tracing

Governors around the country are starting to plan for what reopening their states could look like. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said testing will be a big part of his decision-making.Millions of Americans should have received an economic impact payment from the government today. Meanwhile, many are still waiting on unemployment benefits.Plus, Apple and Google's plan to help with contact tracing will depend on trust from the public.Listen to Life Kit's episode on giving back on Apple, Spotify and NPR One.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
16/04/2012m 18s

Some Government Aid Checks Will Arrive This Week

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says 80 million Americans should receive economic impact payments by Wednesday. President Trump said during Monday's contentious coronavirus task force briefing that he plans to lift federal guidelines on social distancing soon, falsely claiming that he has "total" authority on the matter. Meanwhile, as an outbreak of COVID-19 in South Dakota closes a major meat processing facility, Governor Kristi Noem continues to reject the idea of a statewide stay-at-home order. Many Americans are reporting that they're having unusually vivid dreams at night. One Bay Area resident started a website for others to share their dreams. Read what others are dreaming about on i dream of covid.Listen to Short Wave's episode, 'How To Talk About The Coronavirus With Friends And Family'Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
14/04/2011m 8s

Trump's Unfulfilled Promises; What Contact Tracing Could Look Like

Exactly one month ago, President Trump declared a national emergency and promised a mobilization of public and private resources to attack the coronavirus. NPR's Investigations Team finds that few of those promises have come to pass.The CDC says they'll soon release a plan to help state and local governments with contact tracing, but Massachusetts has already started building its own contact tracing system.NPR's Allison Aubrey discusses why some are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others, and looks ahead at what opening up the country may look like.And if you're one of the many families feeling a budget squeeze right now, Life Kit has some tips for you. NPR's Investigations Team's full story on each claim Trump made one month agoTips on budgeting from Life Kit. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
13/04/2013m 14s

Q & A: Masks, Unemployment Aid, And Recovering From COVID-19

Public health experts and NPR journalists answer listener questions on 'The National Conversation with All Things Considered,' NPR's nightly radio show about the coronavirus crisis. Excerpted here:- Dr. Abraar Karan on wearing masks- Dr. Lucy McBride on what to do if someone is recovering from the coronavirus at home- NPR's Scott Horsley on unemployment relief and how to get itWe'll return with a regular episode of Coronavirus Daily on Monday.
11/04/2018m 59s

Some Infection Rates Drop, But U.S. Hasn't Peaked Yet

Dr. Deborah Birx said despite signs of progress in New York and elsewhere, the United States hasn't reached the peak of the pandemic yet. Rigorous testing and contact tracing specifically are being called for, but Birx said the White House Task Force is being realistic about "how strategically that very valuable resource can be used" in the U.S.Despite empty grocery store shelves, there's an excess of food other places, like farms. NPR's Dan Charles reports on the struggling supply chain.Chaplain Rocky Walker's full conversation with Morning Edition host David Greene. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
10/04/2012m 13s

Antibody Tests Coming "Very Soon"; Is The Coronavirus Seasonal?

Antibody tests that could help determine who has had the virus are being developed Dr. Anthony Fauci said. There's hope those people will have some measure of immunity.The CDC issued return-to-work guidelines for critical workers who had contact with someone who had a confirmed or even suspected case of COVID-19.Scientists are trying to figure out whether changing seasons will affect the spread of the coronavirus.Plus, how public health experts create models to help us predict where the outbreak is headed. Wuhan resident Piso Nseke's conversation with Mary Louise Kelly about his first day outside after almost three months of lockdown.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
09/04/2012m 28s

Social Distancing Is Working; Why The Virus Hits Hard In The Second Week

New York state saw its highest daily death count today, but Dr. Anthony Fauci says because of mitigation strategies like social distancing, a turnaround may be in sight.Some people who get COVID-19 will experience relief from symptoms, only to crash in the second week. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports doctors think they may have found a treatment for these patients. Plus, U.S. states are competing against each other for the same scare medical resources. Scott Horsley's reporting on women losing more jobs than men. Nell Greenfieldboyce's reporting on why men appear to be more likely to die from COVID-19 than women.Video of Fenway Park's organist Josh Kantor.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
08/04/2011m 12s

Deaths Climb In Louisiana; Delays In Aid For Small Businesses

The Paycheck Protection Program was created to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. But the program got off to a rocky start, with some businesses having trouble applying for and getting the money.In Louisiana, an alarming number of black people are dying from COVID-19.Plus, how the coronavirus affects animals and what you can do to protect your pets.Derek Thompson's article in The Atlantic 'The Four Rules of Pandemic Economics.'Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
08/04/2013m 53s

Fauci: Half Of Those With Coronavirus May Have No Symptoms

Even as the total number of deaths grows, White House officials said Sunday that if the public forcefully practices social distancing, the United States might see the curve bending soon. Experts say masks can help prevent those who are asymptomatic from unknowingly spreading COVID-19.Plus, health care worker who have recovered from the virus share their experiences. And while many companies are required to offer sick leave and other benefits to their employees, gig workers are running into hurdles to get the help they were promised. Life Kit's episode, 'How To Get Therapy When You Can't Leave The House' is on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and NPR One. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
06/04/2012m 45s

Masks Now Recommended; Not All States Are 'Staying Home'

The CDC now recommends Americans cover their nose and mouth when they leave their home, but to save medical masks for healthcare workers. And as deaths from the coronavirus climb, some states have yet to declare a stay-at-home order. Plus the groups racing to produce a vaccine for COVID-19. And some physicians say racial and economic disparities are emerging in the testing and treatment of the virus. Links:Rough Translation's episode, 'WeChats From The Future' is on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and NPR One. Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
04/04/2013m 24s

Ventilator Shortages; 6.6 Million New Unemployment Claims

6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, doubling the record-setting numbers from the week before. The rapid increase has overwhelmed state offices. Ventilators are a scare resource right now. While they are lifesaving for some, NPR's Jon Hamilton reports when it comes to COVID-19, they do not guarantee survival.Plus, how to protect essential workers when ordering delivery and going to the grocery store.Links:The Indicator's episode on scarcity in the emergency room on Apple, Spotify and NPR One.Camila Domonoske's reporting on grocery store worker safety.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
02/04/2012m 46s

The Mask Debate; Preventing More New York-Sized Clusters

Officials on the White House coronavirus task force have a goal: to limit the number of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 to 100,000 people. But they say preventing more clusters the size of New York and New Jersey is key. And with conflicting opinions about who should be wearing masks, NPR's Allison Aubrey reports new guidance may be coming soon.Plus, what a 1995 heat wave can teach us about fighting today's pandemic — and the scientific debate over what could be early symptoms of COVID-19 — a loss of taste and smell.Links:Short Wave's episode, 'Is This Real? Loss of Smell And The Coronavirus' on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and NPR One.Find and support your local public radio stationSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
01/04/2012m 30s

Trump And Governors Mix Messages; Managing Your Mortgage Or Rent

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, messages from President Trump and state governors have been mixed. Meanwhile, New York City has over 40,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, making it the epicenter of the pandemic in America. WNYC reporter Gwynne Hogan visits a Brooklyn hospital on the front lines of the pandemic, and the owner of a restaurant in Manhattan's Chinatown explains why he closed three weeks ago. Also, tips to help you pay your mortgage or rent if you've lost your job.Links:Find and support your local public radio stationRachel Martin's conversation with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Life Kit's guide to receiving financial help during the pandemic on Apple, Spotify and NPR One.Sign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter
31/03/2013m 34s

Social Distancing Extended; Grocery Store Tips

Two weeks ago, President Trump told Americans to stay home for 15 days. On Sunday, he extended that guidance for another month, as the U.S. trails behind other countries on per-capita testing. NPR's Allison Aubrey reports on a new test expected this week that promises quicker results.Plus, tips on how to grocery shop safely.Sign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter Find and support your local public radio station
30/03/2012m 30s

Trump Signs Aid Package, Epicenter Is Now The U.S.

The $2 trillion economic recovery package is now law, as the number of COVID-19 cases in America approaches 100,000 and deaths near 1,500. A Johns Hopkins scientist weighs in on the idea of relaxing social distancing in select locations and the importance of more testing for coronavirus. And we explain when Americans could expect to receive federal stimulus money. More links: Listen to Pop Culture Happy Hour's episode, 'Family Friendly Crowd Pleasers: Three Things To Stream Your Whole Family Can Enjoy' on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on the NPR One App. Check out Tarriona 'Tank' Ball's Tiny Desk (Home) ConcertSign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter Find and support your local public radio station
30/03/2010m 58s

Unemployment Claims Hit Record as Testing Grows — But Is It Fast Enough?

Weekly unemployment claims soared last week to nearly 3.3 million and Congress works to finalize a coronavirus relief package. Plus Anthony Fauci talks about the state of testing for Covid-19 in the US, and NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports on why more testing is critical. Also, a grocer in Maine reflects on the boredom and anxiety of working through the pandemic. More links: Sign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter Contact 'Embedded' with your story from the front lines of the crisis at embedded@npr.org. Dr Anthony Fauci's interview on 'Morning Edition'Find and support your local public radio station
30/03/2011m 59s

Details Emerge On Senate's $2 Trillion Rescue Package

It would be the largest such stimulus package in American history. The Governor of New York says it's not nearly enough. Plus, NPR's Ayesha Rascoe reports on the confusion about the Trump administration's use of the Federal Defense Production Act, and how one ER doctor in Seattle is coping on the front lines of the pandemic. More links: Sign up for 'The New Normal' newsletter Find and support your local public radio station Chef Amanda Freitag's pandemic cooking tips and recipes
30/03/2012m 22s

New York City, U.S. Epicenter, Braces For Peak

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the pandemic could peak in New York in the next 14-21 days — around the same time President Trump said he'd love to "open" the economy. Plus why the aviation and other transportation industries are lining up for federal bailout money, and a theory about why the virus might be so good at spreading. More links: Find and support your local public radio station here. NPR's Allison Aubrey reports on how to clean surfaces inside your home.Listen to Atlantic journalist Ed Yong on 'Short Wave' on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or at npr.org. Listen to 'Wow In The World' on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or at npr.org.
30/03/2012m 30s

The Cost Of Social Distancing

How do officials weigh the economic cost against the public health benefit? Plus a report from the hardest-hit area of Italy, and a sampling of free things that you had to pay for before the coronavirus. Planet Money's episode 'How To Save The Economy Now' is here. Here's a list of things that weren't free before the coronavirus from NPR's Brakkton Booker. Email the show at coronavirusdaily@npr.org.
30/03/2012m 26s

CA, NY On Lockdown; Mortgage Relief For Some Homeowners

Two of the hardest-hit states order residents to stay home in an effort to fight the pandemic. Plus what the World Health Organization has learned about the coronavirus in the months since it began to spread. And how homeowners could have their mortgage payments reduced or suspended for up to 12 months. More links: Life Kit's episode on how to spot fake news. Find and support your local public radio station. Follow host Kelly McEvers on Twitter. Email the show at coronavirusdaily@npr.org.
30/03/2011m 46s

GOP Senator Raised Virus Alarms Weeks Ago — In Private

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, in a private luncheon, compared the coronavirus to the 1918 flu. NPR's Tim Mak obtained a secret recording — more of his reporting is here. Plus how nurses are coping in the Seattle region, and why schools are struggling to make informed decisions about keeping kids home from school. Check out Life Kit's episode '8 Tips To Make Working From Home Work For You' here. Find and support your local public radio station here. Email the show at coronavirusdaily@npr.org.
30/03/2012m 54s

Why U.S. Coronavirus Cases Are About To Rise Dramatically

White House officials expect a spike tied to increased testing. Plus a guide to social distancing, a look at the grocery store supply chain, and a suggestion from NPR Music to take the edge off feelings of isolation and stress. You can hear Life Kit's episode on social distancing, "Disrupted and Distanced," here on Apple podcasts or at NPR.org.You can stream NPR Music's 'Isle Of Calm' playlist via Spotify or Apple Music. Find and support your local public radio station here. Email the show at coronavirusdaily@npr.org.
30/03/2012m 18s

Introducing NPR's Daily Update On Coronavirus News

The coronavirus pandemic is changing everything, and fast. Here's a way to follow the latest news on the virus, the public health fight against it, and how the world is coping. Each weekday we'll bring you stories and conversations from NPR journalists. Hosted by Kelly McEvers.
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