The Latest: Case counts, symptom spotters, and what’s next
As expected, the coronavirus is now spreading widely in the U.S. Like many people around the world, I’m working from home for the foreseeable future. I’m fortunate that my pantry is stocked with non-perishables. What’s next?
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What we know today:
- Case count: As of 10 a.m. EST on March 21 are 15,219 confirmed cases in the U.S. and 234,073 confirmed cases worldwide. There are surely more.
- Travel restrictions: The State Department has issued a severe travel advisory — level 4, which is rarely invoked — and is advising Americans to refrain from traveling abroad.
- Scam alert: The FDA warned the public on Friday about fraudulent Covid-19 test kits marketed for at-home testing. There are currently no authorized at-home tests.
To answer your pressing questions and help you understand the rapidly changing situation, we’ve curated some essential stories below.
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A Quick Q&A:
When will the coronavirus pandemic end?
There’s some speculation that the spread of coronavirus will subside with summer’s warmer weather, as happens with the flu and the common cold. But since the virus is brand new, health officials don’t know yet if that will also be the case for COVID-19. “At this time, we do not know whether the spread of COVID-19 will decrease when the weather warms up,” according to Harvard Medical School’s coronavirus resource center.
Currently, virus rates are dropping in China, where the outbreak first started spreading.
Personal Dispatches From Around the World:
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