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To better understand where the science stands right now, I recommend reading this story about whether the virus that causes Covid-19 is considered airborne (and what that means for you), this deep dive into the three strangest symptoms of the virus, and this advice from MIT about which businesses should open first.

Also, yes, it’s safe to send your mom flowers for Mother’s Day. (But hurry!)

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Can I sit in a park with a few people?
“The issue about being outside is, are you crowded? If you are on the beach and people are cheek to jowl next to each other, that’s probably not a good thing because [you could be] touching other people [or they could be] coughing on you,” says Donald Milton, MD, PhD, a professor of environmental health at the University of Maryland. “So being outside, keeping social distancing — or physical distancing might be more accurate — is still important.”

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