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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  |  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  |  Updated Mar 30th - 9:30am

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  |  Updated Mar 29th - 11:33pm

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  |  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  |  Updated Mar 28th - 10:14am

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.

Stars of 'Contagion' reunite for a PSA

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press  |  Updated Mar 27th - 9:54pm

The stars of the 2011 virus thriller “Contagion” — a prescient film these days — have reunited for a series of public service announcements to warn about COVID-19.

Not all or nothing: Anti-virus lockdowns could lift slowly

Christina Larson and Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Updated Mar 27th - 9:34pm

For the millions of Americans living under some form of lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, not knowing when the restrictions will end is a major source of anxiety. Will life events — weddings, funerals, even just simple nights out with friends — be delayed for a few weeks, a few months or much longer?

UN health agency settles in for long fight with virus

Jamey Keaten  |  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.

Water shutoffs in sharp focus amid coronavirus outbreak

Kat Stafford  |  Posted Mar 27th - 2:44pm

The advice is simple and universal: Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus. But for millions of people across the country, that’s not simple at all: They lack running water in their houses due to service shutoffs prompted by overdue bills.

Apple releases coronavirus screening app and website in partnership with CDC

Brian Fung, CNN  |  Posted Mar 27th - 2:35pm

Apple on Friday released a website and an iOS app that allows users to screen themselves for coronavirus symptoms, marking another response to the pandemic by a major tech platform.

Italy hopes virus is easing but fears new onslaught in south

Nicole Winfield, Colleen Barry and Trisha Thomas  |  Updated Mar 27th - 1:29pm

Doctors and nurses in Italy's overwhelmed northern hospitals have welcomed a slight stabilizing in the number of coronavirus infections but fear the virus is still silently spreading in the country's south 2 1/2 weeks into the West's most extreme nationwide shutdown.

Virus test results in minutes? Scientists question accuracy

Aritz Parra, Ciarán Giles and Jill Lawless  |  Updated Mar 27th - 12:47pm

Some political leaders are hailing a potential breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19: simple pin-prick blood tests or nasal swabs that can determine within minutes if someone has, or previously had, the virus.

Hawaii telescope protesters leave camp due to virus concerns

The Associated Press  |  Updated Mar 27th - 12:38pm

Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope project on Hawaii's Big Island have pulled out of their camp due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

The pandemic isn't fixing climate change

Opinion By John Sutter, CNN  |  Posted Mar 27th - 12:18pm

The internet has deemed 2020 canceled. And now everyone's looking for a silver lining.

From Dhaka to Gaza: How do you socially distance in a crowd?

Victoria Milko and Aniruddha Ghosal  |  Posted Mar 27th - 11:28am

Josna Begum lives with her son in a house with four other families in a slum in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, the world’s most densely populated city. “Distancing is impossible for us,” she said.

A new beat for police across US: Enforcing social distance

Tom Hays  |  Updated Mar 26th - 7:45pm

In New York City, they've started dismantling basketball hoops to prevent people from gathering in parks and playing. In Lakewood, New Jersey, police broke up a wedding being held in violation of a ban on large gatherings. And in Austin, Texas, officers are encouraging people to call a hotline to snitch on violators of the city's orders for people to stay home.