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How America’s decimated pandemic response capabilities led to one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world

The US was hobbled by insufficient public health funding, a dearth of testing, and a president who ignored the warnings.

Men’s beards could render face masks useless — one surprisingly comprehensive graphic from the CDC reveals why ‘walrus’ is fin...

Different kinds of facial hair can prevent the necessary impenetrable seal from being formed. This graphic shows if your facial hair puts you at risk.
A hospital worker with a medical mask.

Countries, cities, and health authorities all over the world are reconsidering their coronavirus advice that most people don’t need to wear mask...

Health authorities in Europe and the US had said that wearing a mask was not effective protection for most people. Now some may change that guidance.
Air travelers grab carry-on luggage behind rows of empty seats aboard a Delta flight, as coronavirus disruption continues across the global industry, from New York's JFK International Airport to San Francisco, California, U.S., March 17, 2020.

There’s never been a better time for airlines to remove the hated middle seat on planes, says one Wall Street analyst

On airplanes, it's hard enough to keep from bumping knees with the person in the next seat — let alone follow social-distancing guidelines.
Palantir CEO Alex Karp.

Secretive big data company Palantir is reportedly providing software to help the CDC track the coronavirus pandemic, even as critics slam its work wit...

The CDC is reportedly using Palantir's software to track the spread of COVID-19 and assess how hospitals are dealing with spikes in new cases.
A man wears a mask while walking in the street in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

Chinese social-media platform WeChat saw spikes in the terms ‘coronavirus,’ ‘shortness of breath,’ and ‘SARS,’ wee...

A study found discussions about SARS-like infections on WeChat in early December, raising questions about the timeline of the coronavirus outbreak.
A doctor holds a N95 medical respiratory mask.

The CDC is said to be considering asking people to cover their face in public — but would reserve masks for medical workers

So far, the CDC advises social distancing, handwashing, and staying home as the main ways to avoid the coronavirus. Medics have lacked equipment.
A woman wearing a mask walks the Brooklyn Bridge in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 20, 2020 in New York City.

The CDC is urging residents in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from travel because of the coronavirus. Here’s what the US gover...

The State Department issued a travel warning for the entire world because of the novel coronavirus. Here are the CDC's guidelines for hotspot areas.
A Lobster boat returning to dock at the waterfront in Vinalhaven, Maine

Armed neighbors in Maine chopped down a tree to block a man and his roommates from leaving their house out of fear that they had the coronavirus

Officials said residents of Vinalhaven, Maine, believed that three men who lived together needed to be quarantined because they were from New Jersey.

CDC issues travel warning for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut after Trump walked back his threats to impose an “enforceable quarantineR...

The CDC now urges "residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days."