Updates: U.S. could see 450K deaths before February, CDC head warns

  • "The reality is, December and January and February are going to be rough times, and I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of our nation," Dr. Robert Redfield said.
  • Austin Mayor Steve Adler pleaded with his constituents to stay home while we was vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
  • The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients nationwide stood on the brink of 100,000 Wednesday, an alarming statistic fueling enormous strain on the health care system and its brave but beleaguered workers.

Staying Safe

What are the symptoms of 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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How can I tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19?

Influenza and COVID-19 have such similar symptoms that you need to get tested to know what's making you miserable.

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Who is protected by face masks?

The CDC issued an updated brief about how face masks protect the wearer and those around them, further underscoring the benefits of wearing them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Does weather affect the spread of the coronavirus outside?

The World Health Organization says the virus can be transmitted in any kind of weather and that there is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill it.

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Am I immune to the coronavirus if I’ve already had it?

You have some immunity, but how much and for how long are still unanswered questions.

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What are the treatment options for COVID-19?

There are several treatment options, and which one is best depends on how sick someone is.

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Do I need to wear a mask if I'm 6 feet away from other people?

Health experts recommend wearing masks in public and keeping your distance from others in most cases, but whether you should do both could depend on the situation.

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Is it safe to stay in hotels during the pandemic?

As the holiday season approaches, here's the safest way to travel during the pandemic.

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How does the coronavirus affect the heart?

Even though it’s known as a respiratory virus, doctors believe the coronavirus can directly infect the heart muscle and cause other problems leading to heart damage.

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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

StatesConfirmedDeceased
Illinois738,84613,131
New York 655,26534,276
Georgia476,4059,515
Ohio430,0936,548
Michigan395,4539,756
Wisconsin391,3133,420
Tennessee380,1864,638
North Carolina367,3955,284
Pennsylvania367,14010,563
Indiana344,3735,864
New Jersey341,91017,083
Arizona337,1396,687
Minnesota322,3123,615
Missouri302,6914,006
Alabama252,9003,638
Virginia240,0634,093
Louisiana237,7406,455
Colorado237,3103,109
Iowa230,9022,427
Massachusetts229,20510,778
South Carolina218,9124,404
Maryland201,1354,673
Oklahoma199,4821,758
Utah198,216890
Kentucky183,1681,943
Washington167,2162,805
Arkansas159,3092,512
Kansas157,4461,560
Nevada154,8672,166
Mississippi154,4113,836
Nebraska128,4071,018
Connecticut118,7545,040
Idaho103,305960
New Mexico99,4191,589
Puerto Rico91,8851,106
South Dakota80,912948
North Dakota79,655954
Oregon76,654936
Montana63,205698
Rhode Island57,9061,380
West Virginia47,842735
Delaware36,343777
Alaska32,576121
Wyoming32,489215
New Hampshire21,766528
Washington21,685685
Hawaii17,968244
Maine11,976214
Guam6,852112
Vermont4,23972
California1,225,18919,211
Texas1,184,25021,549
Florida1,008,17218,916

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