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Malaria drugs aren't the only ones on the shelf that might help coronavirus patients

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When a pandemic springs up as fast as the one sparked by the novel coronavirus, doctors must rummage around in their medicine cabinets for drugs that are already available and might be repurposed to treat a wholly new disease.

Treating patients with mild or moderate COVID-19 is essentially a preventive mission: The principal aim is to stop the ...Read more

How does COVID-19 affect the heart?

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The effects of COVID-19 on the lungs are well-known. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, more information is becoming available about the role the virus, called SARS-CoV-2, has on the heart. "Individuals with known cardiovascular disease are at an increased risk of more severe complications from respiratory viral illnesses, including the flu and...Read more

What you need to know about spring allergies and COVID-19

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In many parts of the U.S., spring is in full bloom. And with the arrival of spring comes an increase in seasonal allergies and now questions about increased risk related to COVID-19.

"Currently, there is no data to substantiate those patients with allergies and asthma are at an increased risk for COVID-19. And there's nothing in the literature ...Read more

Does wearing a mask in public help slow the spread of COVID-19? Signs point to yes.

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CHICAGO -- For weeks, officials from the White House to Chicago's City Hall told people that wearing a face mask in public isn't necessary as the novel coronavirus spread -- and that it could even cause more harm than good.

But other countries took a different route, especially some Asian nations -- including South Korea, Hong Kong and ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Plan for healthy meals, fewer trips to the grocery store during pandemic

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: During the COVID-19 outbreak, I'm trying to limit trips to the grocery store. But I want to continue to eat healthy meals. What foods should I consider stocking up on, knowing that I probably won't be buying anything fresh for a couple of weeks?

ANSWER: Most people are in the habit of stopping by the grocery store at least ...Read more

COVID-19 expert explains what soap does to virus

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Health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to drive home the message that excellent hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent illnesses, such as COVID-19. Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, explains what soap does to SARS-CoV-2, and ...Read more

The coronavirus is straining government services. So these neighbors are stepping up to help

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LOS ANGELES -- A day after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, friends Annie Bickerton and Cristin Lim knew they couldn't wait around for government to help.

The two millennials mobilized, as Bickerton, 33, went to Lim, 24, with an idea.

"Can you help me make a website for a rapid response thing for ...Read more

Work, teach, repeat: How working parents are coping under coronavirus

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LOS ANGELES -- The day officials announced that all Los Angeles schools would shut down, Tamra Johnson made a spreadsheet outlining the next few weeks for her 5-year-old son.

An engineer by trade, Johnson wanted to make sure her son's schedule still seemed as normal as possible. That meant learning new topics during the day and at night ...Read more

'It comes in waves:' Those who have recovered from 'mild' cases of COVID-19 describe harrowing, unpredictable illness

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- After five days of intense body aches, dizziness and moments when he struggled to catch his breath, John Craven thought he had finally beaten COVID-19.

Craven, a 41-year-old political reporter at News 12 Connecticut, was looking forward to easing back into his regular routine. On Sunday, he even did a workout video in his ...Read more

British love for National Health Service could make or break Boris Johnson

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LONDON -- Schoolkids in lockdown put home-made signs in their bedroom windows thanking brave doctors and nurses. Families stepped outside their front doors for a national round of applause. Public buildings lit up blue. Stores have offered discounts to hospital staff, and designated hours.

They are hailed as heroes in Italy and Spain as the ...Read more

Leave your reusable grocery bag at home in coronavirus pandemic, some markets tell customers

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Californians four years ago voted to ban single-use plastic bags, moving to protect the environment by doing away with the oil-based products that too often wound up in gutters and waterways.

Today, the coronavirus pandemic has those good intentions on hold.

The flimsy plastic bags are not back in stores, yet. But some ...Read more

COVID-19 and food safety

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Social distancing, hand-washing not touching your face and disinfecting surfaces are some ways to avoid contracting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But what about the food you eat? Can you get sick with COVID-19 by eating contaminated fruits, vegetables or other foods?

Dr. Abinash Virk, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist, ...Read more

COVID-19: The tale of 1 virus and 2 testing methods

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When a new virus emerges that infects and sickens humans, the wheels of innovation start turning quickly in the world of health care and biomedical research. Teams versed in different aspects of laboratory medicine work together to better understand the virus and develop tests to identify those who are infected or have been exposed to the virus ...Read more

Mayo Clinic expert puts grim COVID-19 projections into perspective

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This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious diseases expert, shared sobering estimates that COVID-19 could kill 100,000 to 240,000 Americans. Top government scientists warn that the death toll could be even higher if Americans don't follow the strict guidelines put in place to slow the spread of the virus.

Dr. Gregory Poland, ...Read more

How to talk to your friends who still aren't social distancing

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PHILADELPHIA -- On Sunday, President Donald Trump extended social distancing guidelines through the end of April, and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf followed suit Monday, continuing a stay-at-home order in 33 counties until at least April 30. The practice saves lives and keeps hospitals from being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.

But in ...Read more

Philadelphia teen fires up his 3D printers to create face shields to donate to hospitals

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PHILADELPHIA -- Skiing season was over. Golf courses were closed. Baseball was on hold.

Louie Beardell was feeling kind of bored, what with his school on spring break and no chance to get outside and play sports with his buddies.

He decided to try to save the world.

Or one person, anyway. Or maybe 50. Or 100.

"My goal is to make 1,000," said...Read more

Can pets get the coronavirus?

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With many Americans under order to shelter at home and leave only for necessities, we're spending more time than ever with our pets.

Wet puppy noses and sandpaper cat kisses may be a balm for our souls during this time of stress and extended social isolation. But can our physical closeness to our pets affect our health -- or theirs?

Here's a ...Read more

No one should die alone. Hospital chaplains find creative ways to offer compassion despite coronavirus restrictions

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CHICAGO -- As a man lay dying of COVID-19 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., near Chicago, hospital chaplains Marie Coglianese and Bob Andorka stood just outside his room, praying and singing.

They held up a phone so his mother and sister could hear. The man's mother asked to talk to her son, so the chaplains allowed her ...Read more

How to help your marriage through the stress of quarantine

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MINNEAPOLIS -- "I was thinking we could adopt a puppy while we're all at home," said Joanne Moffitt, with a teasing tone in her voice.

"Uh, that's a no," replied her husband, Les.

Had the coronavirus not erupted, the Burnsville, Minn., couple and their two children would be on a spring break trip to the Grand Canyon. Instead, they're home, ...Read more

Expectant moms forced to get creative as coronavirus bears down on LA hospitals

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LOS ANGELES -- Two weeks before her son was due, Layla Shaikley sat down to repack her hospital bag.

In went the Adidas slides, Glossier blush, washable prayer mat and a new baby swaddle printed with protective nazar eyes. Out went the "Big Sister" T-shirts for her toddler Kamila, replaced with Shaikley's iPad -- a tool she now fears could be ...Read more