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I Felt Fine, But Tested Positive For The Coronavirus. What's That Really Mean?

Dec. 18, 2020
Robin Marantz Henig / NPR

Science writer Robin Marantz Henig has written about dangerous emerging pathogens for 30 years. But none of what she learned could shed light on her own confusing encounter with this virus.

Coronavirus FAQ: Should I Wash My Kid's Clothes Every Day After School?

Dec. 16, 2020
Pranav Baskar / NPR

Plus: Can the virus make me sick many years later, like the chickenpox virus does?

What To Do If You Test Positive For The Coronavirus This Winter

Dec. 4, 2020
Kristen Kendrick / NPR

Here's how to self-isolate, what the new quarantine guidance means for your household, and which symptoms signal you need immediate emergency care.

Coronavirus FAQ: How Safe Is It To Work Out In A Gym Or Play Indoor Sports?

Nov. 20, 2020
Rosemary Misdary / NPR

And what about those outdoor tents that gyms and spin studios are setting up? Is it safe to exercise in there, too?

'I Come Up Short Every Day': Couples Under Strain As Pandemic Upends Life At Home

Nov. 12, 2020
Rafael Nam / NPR

Couples are struggling to redefine their own roles as they look to navigate a pandemic that has upended many aspects of domestic life.

Coronavirus FAQs: Should I Purell My Nostrils? Can Lysol Disinfect The Air?

Nov. 6, 2020
Fran Kritz / NPR

Can rubbing hand sanitizer inside the nostrils help reduce infection? Can spraying Lysol in a room every hour or so disinfect the air? Plus: a primer on how to use hand sanitizer effectively.

Coronavirus FAQs: Are 3 Masks Better Than 1? Will Mouthwash Keep You Safe?

Nov. 3, 2020
Rosemary Misdary / NPR

Readers are asking: Should we double up on masks for double the protection? Does gargling with mouthwash have an impact on the virus?

In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Romelia Nava...

Coronavirus Deaths Are Rising Again In The US, As Feared

Oct. 26, 2020
Lisa Marie Pane and Mike Strobbe / Associated Press

Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. are on the rise again, just as health experts had feared, and cases are climbing in nearly every state, despite assurances from President Donald Trump over the weekend that “we’re rounding the turn, we’re doing great.”

Coronavirus FAQs: What's Up With Bubble Dining? Should You Hand Out Halloween Candy?

Oct. 23, 2020
Pranav Baskar / NPR

Answers to your COVID-19 questions about how to handle Halloween trick-or-treaters, whether it's safe to eat in a restaurant's outdoor bubble and whether you can be infected through your ear canal.

Coronavirus FAQs: Open Windows In Winter, Holding Your Breath, Sprayed Masks?

Oct. 16, 2020
Pranav Baskar / NPR

This week our readers have lots of ... interesting ... queries involving opening windows during winter in North Dakota, trying not to breathe during a micro-encounter and spraying a mask with ... oil?

Coronavirus FAQ: What's The Deal With The '15 Minute Rule'?

Oct. 9, 2020
Maria Godoy / NPR

The conventional wisdom is that it takes 15 minutes of close contact to a contagious person to put you at risk. But even a short exposure could prove problematic.

A sign hung on the exterior of Rudford's Restau...

Answering Your Questions On Reopening In San Diego

Sept. 23, 2020
By John Carroll, Tarryn Mento

San Diegans have many questions about what can and what can't reopen during the current stage of the pandemic. We have some answers.

Coronavirus FAQ: I See People Wearing Disposable Coveralls On Planes. Good Idea?

Sept. 18, 2020
Marc Silver / NPR

Some passengers don a disposable suit over their clothes to help shield themselves from the coronavirus. Is that helpful? What about gloves, face shields and goggles? Also: A blanket idea!

Coronavirus FAQs: What Are The New Dating Rules? And What About Hooking Up?

Sept. 11, 2020
Isabella Gomez Sarmiento / NPR

Should you go on a date with someone new ... or revisit an ex if you feel safer that way? How do you know if a potential partner is following pandemic safety rules? And is it safe to have sex?

How To Care For Older People In The Pandemic (And A Printable Guide!)

Sept. 4, 2020
Malaka Gharib / NPR

Three experts share advice on how to help the older people in our lives — parents, grandparents, neighbors, relatives, friends — feel comfortable and safe in the pandemic.

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