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Pregnant in a time of coronavirus - the changing risks and what you need to know

  • Written by Hector Chapa, Clinical Assistant Professor, Director of Interprofessional Education, College of Medicine, Texas A&M University
A pregnant woman walks past a street mural in Hong Kong on March 23, 2020. With the coronavirus pandemic moving quickly, pregnant women are facing a changing health care system.Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

“So, being pregnant and delivering in a pandemic … what’s that gonna look like?”

That question, sent to me by a...

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It's a bad idea for journalists to censor Trump – instead, they can help the public identify what's true or false

  • Written by David Cuillier, Associate Professor, School of Journalism, University of Arizona
President Donald Trump, flanked by administration and public health officials, during a briefing on the coronavirus on March 25.Getty/Mandel Ngan / AFP

In times of mortal strife, humans crave information more than ever, and it’s journalists’ responsibility to deliver it.

But what if that information is inaccurate, or could even kill...

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Preventing COVID-19 from decimating nursing home residents requires spending money and improving infection control

  • Written by Kathryn Hyer, Professor, Director Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging, University of South Florida
Chuck Sedlacek, a patient at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, smiles through a window at his children. Chuck has tested positive for the coronavirus. Getty Images / Karen Ducey

At least 11 people have died from COVID-19 in New Orleans nursing homes in the past week, just after the deaths at a Seattle nursing home weeks ago showed the...

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How SNAP can help people during hard economic times like these

  • Written by Tracy Roof, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Richmond
The government helps tens of millions of Americans buy groceries.Jeff Greenberg/Getty

A record number of Americans are seeing their hours cut or losing their jobs due to the initial economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. How will millions of newly jobless families keep putting food on the table?

They might get some help from the Suppleme...

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Another housing crisis is coming – and bailouts and eviction freezes won't be enough to prevent many from losing their homes

  • Written by Roshanak Mehdipanah, Assistant Professor in Public Health, University of Michigan
Unionized hospitality workers wait in line to apply for unemployment benefits.AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Millions of Americans are suddenly out of work as the financial and economic crisis sparked by the coronavirus pandemic deepens. Without an income, most of these people will have a hard time covering their expenses, including keeping a roof...

Read more: Another housing crisis is coming – and bailouts and eviction freezes won't be enough to prevent...

Is the loss of your sense of smell and taste an early sign of COVID-19?

  • Written by Steven D. Munger, Director, Center for Smell and Taste; Co-Director, UF Health Smell Disorders Program; Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Florida
Can you smell this?Getty Images

Doctors from around the world are reporting cases of COVID-19 patients who have lost their sense of smell, known as anosmia, or taste, known as ageusia. The director of the University of Florida’s Center for Smell and Taste and the co-director of the UF Health Smell Disorders Program answer questions about this...

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How responding to the new coronavirus is making the safety net for gig workers less flimsy

  • Written by Jamila Michener, Assistant Professor of Government, Cornell University
Uber drivers have fewer labor rights than most full-time employees.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

My brother Khary is a 40-year old former mechanic who has earned his living as an Uber driver in New York City for the past four years. He’s one of the millions of full-time American gig workers acutely experiencing the insecurity washing over all...

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Can I complain about coronavirus? Why it is OK to vent, sometimes

  • Written by Arash Javanbakht, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Wayne State University
Issues of New York Magazine March 16-29, 2020 are on display at a newsstand in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, Thursday, March 19, 2020. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

The COVID-19 pandemic is different from many crises in that it has affected all of us regardless of politics, economics, religion, age or nationality. This virus is a good...

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Stimulus package will remain half-baked unless local governments get more of the dough

  • Written by Stephanie Leiser, Lecturer in Public Policy, University of Michigan
People still need baked goods even during a lockdown.Frederic Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Lawmakers are pinning their hopes on a US$2 trillion package to prop up the U.S. economy and provide relief to individuals and business ravaged by the coronavirus.

The stimulus is expected to pump $150 billion in aid to state and local governments. But with...

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We are all humanitarian negotiators now: 3 steps for planning your ‘please take social distancing seriously’ conversation

  • Written by Rob Grace, Graduate Research Fellow, Harvard Program on Negotiation; USIP-Minerva Peace Scholar, U.S. Institute of Peace; PhD candidate in political science, Brown University
You need to plan for that serious conversation.Getty/ Jose Luis Pelaez Inc

See if this sounds familiar. You have an older relative whom you believe to be at a serious health risk if they catch the coronavirus. You call, try to persuade them to take social distancing seriously.

But your arguments fail to resonate. You both get angry and hang up,...

Read more: We are all humanitarian negotiators now: 3 steps for planning your ‘please take social distancing...

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  15. What the US can learn from other countries on COVID-19 – and its own history with pandemics
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  21. Could chloroquine treat coronavirus? 5 questions answered about a promising, problematic and unproven use for an antimalarial drug
  22. Tribal leaders face great need and don't have enough resources to respond to the coronavirus pandemic
  23. Who cares for those most vulnerable to COVID-19? 4 questions about home care aides answered
  24. Coronavirus fears over farmers markets could hit new growers hard – just when Americans need them most
  25. Why people need rituals, especially in times of uncertainty
  26. In battling the coronavirus, will 'optimistic bias' be our undoing?
  27. Calling COVID-19 a 'Chinese virus' is wrong and dangerous – the pandemic is global
  28. Medical supply chains are fragile in the best of times and COVID-19 will test their strength
  29. I'm a family doctor fighting against fear and struggling with distancing while trying to keep my patients healthy
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  32. There’s a name for Trump playing down the threat and failing to take action against the virus: Institutional betrayal
  33. Reaching out to isolated older adults is essential during coronavirus – here are 7 specific things you can do, just for starters
  34. Co-parenting in the coronavirus pandemic: A family law scholar's advice
  35. COVID-19 closures could hit historically black colleges particularly hard
  36. Should Congress demand America's youth give a year of service to their country?
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  39. It's wrong to blame bats for the coronavirus epidemic
  40. Why defeating coronavirus in one country isn't enough – there needs to be a coordinated global strategy
  41. Workplace age discrimination could become even harder to prove in court
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  43. Religious communities are offering baptism by Zoom - such innovation has deep historical roots
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