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NASA call for astronauts draws 12,000 spaceflight hopefuls

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 1st - 11:15am

Who wants to be an astronaut? More than 12,000 people do, resulting in NASA's second-largest group of astronaut hopefuls.

Why health experts aren't warning about coronavirus in food

Candice Choi& Health Writer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 1st - 11:00am

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?

FDA wants heartburn meds off the market due to contamination

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 1st - 10:49am

U.S. health regulators are telling drugmakers to immediately pull their popular heartburn drugs off the market after determining that a contamination issue with the medications poses a greater risk than previously thought.

U. researchers studying role of mucus in COVID-19 spread

Jed Boal, KSL TV  |  Posted Apr 1st - 8:22am

University of Utah biomedical engineers are working to identify the role mucus plays in spreading COVID-19 from person to person.

Should you wear mask in public if not sick with coronavirus?

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 31st - 3:07pm

If you’re not sick with the new coronavirus, should you wear a mask in public? Global health authorities say no. Amid a shortage of masks, the U.S. is sticking with that advice but Tuesday, President Donald Trump suggested people who are worried wear a scarf.

Facebook feature lets neighbors volunteer to help each other during pandemic

Kaya Yurieff, CNN  |  Posted Mar 31st - 2:32pm

Facebook is rolling out a new tool that lets its users offer or request help from their neighbors during the coronavirus pandemic.

Nursing homes have too few body bags, many uncounted dead

Lori Hinnant and Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 31st - 10:00am

One by one, elderly residents of French nursing homes are going into forced isolation into their rooms. Their caregivers are walling themselves in as well. They are running out of body bags.

Community rallies to supply Utah County’s first responders with 3D-printed masks

Sahalie Donaldson, KSL  |  Posted Mar 31st - 8:22am

Employees at a Utah County tech company spent the weekend creating protective masks with 3D printers, trading shifts and switching the materials in and out of the machines in an effort to protect first responders working amid COVID-19.

Europe's hospitals among the best but can't handle pandemic

Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 31st - 1:19am

As increasing numbers of European hospitals buckle under the strain of tens of thousands of coronavirus patients, the crisis has exposed a surprising paradox: Some of the world’s best health systems are remarkably ill-equipped to handle a pandemic.

School shutdowns raise stakes of digital divide for students

Meg Kinnard and Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 2:31pm

As schools shut down while coronavirus spreads, the digital divide widens between students with the tools to work remotely and those without.

Moscow goes into lockdown, rest of Russia braces for same

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 12:03pm

The Russian capital, Moscow, on Monday woke up to a lockdown obliging most of its 13 million residents to stay home, and many other regions of the vast country quickly followed suit to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

'Calling all scientists': Experts volunteer for virus fight

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 9:18am

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.

Hawaii mountain telescopes close in response to virus order

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 30th - 8:52am

Observatories on Hawaii's tallest mountain have shut down operations in response to the governor's stay-at-home order aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump gets a reality check on coronavirus

Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 10:39pm

For weeks, President Donald Trump carved out a trail of groundless assurances about the coronavirus pandemic as health officials, governors and local officials sounded alarm about what was coming — and already here. That sunlit trail now has hit a wall.

Age is not the only risk for severe coronavirus disease

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 29th - 6:25am

Older people remain most at risk of dying as the new coronavirus continues its rampage around the globe, but they’re far from the only ones vulnerable. One of many mysteries: Men seem to be faring worse than women.

FDA authorizes 15-minute coronavirus test

Arman Azad, CNN  |  Posted Mar 28th - 5:24pm

Federal health officials on Friday approved a coronavirus test that can provide results in less than 15 minutes, using the same technology that powers some rapid flu tests.

Whales face more fatal ship collisions as waters warm

Patrick Whittle, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 28th - 10:11am

Climate change is imperiling the world's largest animals by increasing the likelihood of fatal collisions between whales and big ships that ply the same waters.

UN health agency settles in for long fight with virus

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 27th - 4:05pm

The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief said Friday that widespread testing for the new coronavirus is crucial and countries should not be faulted for reporting higher numbers of cases. He also appealed for a shift toward public health strategies that allow us “to live with this virus” until a vaccine emerges.

Phillip Anderson, Nobel laureate in physics, dies at 96

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 31st - 2:34pm

Philip Anderson, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who expanded the world's understanding of magnetism and superconductivity, has died. He was 96.