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National pandemic training focused on the wrong virus

Apr. 4, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — In August, months before the first case of the new coronavirus was documented, some of Colorado’s top health officials gathered in a room at the state Department of Public Health and Environment to train for a pandemic. The hypothetical scenario: A highly infectious and lethal new...

Two James Spirits employee Allie Sieracki fills bottles with hand sanitizer being produced at the distillery, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Detroit. After a revision to FDA regulations on the manufacture of hand sanitizer, bars and alcohol producers are permitted to distribute the product. The distillery is one of many across the country which have shifted their production away from spirits and starting to make hand sanitizer to help ease the coronavirus-induced shortage of the product. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Whitmer tells people with virus symptoms to stay home

Apr. 3, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that people with principal symptoms of the disease caused by the coronavirus should stay home for a minimum of three days after the symptoms fade. Her order came hours before the state that has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19 reported...

The Latest: US Tennis Association says best to not play now

Apr. 3, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: The U.S. Tennis Association says its best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a posting on its website on Friday, the USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective...

An Impoverished Indians gives his finger print on a biometric machine after purchasing food ration in Prayagraj, India, Thursday, April 2, 2020. India is adding more resources to tackle its increase in coronavirus cases by announcing that private hospitals may be requisitioned to help treat virus patients, and turning railway cars and a motor racing circuit into makeshift quarantine facilities. The steps were taken after a nationwide lockdown announced last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages, often on foot and without food and water, raising fears that the virus may have reached to the countryside, where health care facilities are limited. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The Latest: India's PM looks to boost country's morale

Apr. 3, 2020 12:38 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — India's PM urges citizens to light candles Sunday night to...

The Manhattan skyline is seen behind the parking lot and terminal of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Thursday, April 2, 2020 in New York. N.Y. New York Gov. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the terminal with be transformed into a temporary field hospital to increase New York's hospital capacity while cases of the coronavirus skyrocket. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NYC residents should cover face when in public, mayor says

Apr. 2, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As coronavirus cases soared, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio asked New Yorkers on Thursday to wear a face covering when they go outside to prevent the spread of the virus. Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that the state’s supply of breathing machines could be exhausted in six days....

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 31, 2020 file photo, neighbors line up for free food staples outside Santa Ana primary school in Asuncion, Paraguay, part of an already existing food program through the Education Ministry, as people stay home from work amid the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. According to research released on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, more evidence is emerging that coronavirus infections are being spread by people who have no clear symptoms, complicating efforts to gain control of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

More evidence indicates healthy people can spread virus

Apr. 1, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, and the federal government issued new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a carrier. A study by researchers in Singapore became...

A worker, wearing a protective mask and gloves against the COVID-19 coronavirus, stocks produce before the opening of Gus's Community Market, Friday, March 27, 2020, in San Francisco. Health experts say there's no evidence the new coronavirus is spread through food. That's because organisms take different biological paths to sicken people. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Why health experts aren't warning about coronavirus in food

Apr. 1, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicken with salmonella can make you sick. So can romaine lettuce with E. coli and buffets with lurking norovirus. So why aren’t health officials warning people about eating food contaminated with the new coronavirus? The answer has to do with the varying paths organisms take to make...

In this March 25, 2020 image taken from video by Caillin Wells, neuroscientist Michael Wells works on the COVID-19 Pandemic Shareable Scientist Response Database in his home in Cambridge, Mass. Michael Wells started the shareable database that has, so far, gathered information from more than 7,000 scientists ready to lend their skills to fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (Caillin Wells via AP)

'Calling all scientists': Experts volunteer for virus fight

Mar. 30, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Wells was looking for a chance to use his scientific training to help fight the coronavirus when — on the same day the pandemic forced his lab to temporarily close — he decided to create his own opportunity. “CALLING ALL SCIENTISTS," he tweeted on March 18....

Colorado scientists adjust to new pace under the coronavirus

Mar. 30, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — COVID-19 has launched an unprecedented scope of businesses requiring remote work. However, some jobs just can’t be done remotely. In Colorado’s academic world, there’s a class of workers deemed essential and required to continue work on college campuses. At Colorado...

University of Wyoming research continues amid virus closure

Mar. 28, 2020 8:40 AM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Despite employees being encouraged to work remotely and most University of Wyoming buildings now closed to public access, research by faculty and students continues on campus. During Thursday’s meeting of the board of trustees, board chairman Dave True said he assumed the...