Updates: Worldwide case total crosses 19 million

  • The world hit the grim milestone of 19 million cases late Thursday. The time between each million case has whittled down with each milestone. Cases crossed 18 million just four days ago.
  • After revealing earlier in the day that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced that the governor has tested negative in a second test.
  • Federal courts in three Southern California counties are reclosing due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.
  • Deaths from COVID-19 continued to increase for the fifth straight week, according to The COVID Tracking Project. This week, 7,591 deaths were reported, up 11.5% from the week before, it found.

Staying Safe

What to do if you think you have coronavirus

Here’s what to know about the symptoms and what to do if you have them. It's important to take precautions to protect not only your health, but also that of others.

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Can you reuse a disposable mask?

Here's how to safely remove, clean, store and reuse your disposable mask.

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How to be safe when socializing

Is there a safe way to see family or friends while following social-distancing guidelines?

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What is contact tracing, and how does it work?

The goal of contact tracing is to alert people who may have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus, and prevent them from spreading it to others.

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Can coronavirus spread through the air?

The World Health Organization recently acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions.

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Can you get the coronavirus twice?

Health experts think people who had COVID-19 will have some immunity against a repeat infection. But they don’t know how much protection or how long it would last.

How safe is outdoor dining?

Are you helping or hurting the people involved in the restaurant business by dining out? Experts weigh in.

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Can plastic face shields protect you from the coronavirus?

Plastic face shields are most frequently worn by nurses or doctors who are very close to patients who may be exposed to droplets that contain the coronavirus.

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What's the risk of getting coronavirus outside vs. inside?

The virus does spread more easily indoors, but you should still follow social distancing guidelines to protect yourself outside.

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Is it safe to go to the gym?

Whether or not it is safe to return to the gym has become a puzzling question for people as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in many states.

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Debunking coronavirus conspiracies

Two doctors address some of the false medical claims in a popular viral video.

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Public health glossary

What's the difference between quarantine and isolation? Here's a guide to the public health terms used in the coronavirus coverage.

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WHO's FAQ guide

See the World Health Organization's FAQ guide to get informed about the coronavirus.

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By the numbers

Cases by State

New York 418,92832,434

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Coronavirus cases appear among students, some staff in reopened school districts

In Cherokee County, Georgia, 65 students and staff were quarantined in the first week back to school. As the debate over reopening schools continues, fights between state leaders and teachers’ unions are escalating nationwide.
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