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Out of work and with families to feed, some Americans are lining up at food banks for the first time in their lives
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 05:00:16 -0400
Food assistance programs across the country are preparing for another spike in need with federal unemployment benefits ending.
Most of the coronavirus tests the U.S. does are worthless. But there's a solution that could actually work — and stop the spread.
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:48:15 -0400
Although President Trump is correct that the U.S. has conducted more tests than any other country, it’s not testing enough, given the scale of its outbreak. But there might be a simple solution: new tests that prioritize speed over sensitivity.
Should racism be treated as a public health crisis?
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:43:09 -0400
Dozens of cities have declared racism a public health emergency in recent weeks. Is this a smart strategy for addressing inequities across society?
New poll shows plummeting GOP satisfaction with direction of country
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 15:20:13 -0400
Thanks to a marked shift among Republican voters since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, just 13 percent of Americans surveyed now say they are satisfied with “the way things are going in the United States.”
Coronavirus aid: Is the U.S. taking on too much debt?
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 16:40:45 -0400
As Congress negotiates another massive coronavirus recovery bill, some members of the GOP have expressed concern about America's ballooning deficit. Should lawmakers be wary of too much debt when building a stimulus bill?
Should you send your child back to school? Here's how to weigh the coronavirus risks
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 11:59:18 -0400
As parents and caregivers grapple with whether to send their children to school for in-person learning this fall, Dr. Dara Kass, Yahoo News' medical contributor, explains how you can weigh the coronavirus risks based on CDC guidance.
'It is what it is': Trump addresses mounting COVID-19 deaths in wide-ranging interview
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 09:49:01 -0400
In an interview with Axios aired Monday night, Trump discussed the pandemic, Rep. John Lewis, the Civil Rights Act and Russian bounties.
Gun sales spike among African-Americans: 'Our ancestors died for us to vote, they also died for us to be able to carry guns'
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 17:59:42 -0400
When Americans panic, they buy guns — lots of them. During the first six months of 2020, amidst the global coronavirus pandemic, gun retailers reported a record 10.3 million firearm transactions, according to a new survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). And while various demographic groups are buying guns in 2020, African-Americans currently account for the highest increase in gun purchases.
'Pathetic!': Trump accuses Birx of agreeing with Pelosi's criticism of pandemic response
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:41:57 -0400
The president on Monday tweeted about the public feud between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Dr. Deborah Birx — and seemed to suggest the coordinator of the White House’s coronavirus task force was “pathetic” for taking Pelosi’s “bait.”
COVID-19 deaths spike 27% even as new cases decline
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:04:39 -0400
A senior leadership brief prepared by the Departments of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security showed a spike in deaths even as cases declined in many states.
Learning pods: A safe alternative to school?
Sat, 01 Aug 2020 10:46:41 -0400
Parents across the country are creating learning pods to avoid the risks of in-person schooling and make up for the shortcomings of distance learning. Are pods a smart solution, or do they leave too many kids behind?
As COVID-19 sweeps across the South, the Army finds it’s not immune
Sat, 01 Aug 2020 05:00:35 -0400
The U.S. Army is facing a significant COVID-19 challenge as infection rates soar across the south and southeast, where most of the service’s installations are located. And now the disease is having a major impact on the Army’s second-largest installation.
Trump says he doesn’t 'think' Herman Cain caught coronavirus at the Tulsa rally
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 16:37:46 -0400
Herman Cain, the entrepreneur, conservative commentator and 2012 presidential candidate, passed away on Thursday due to complications from COVID-19. The 74-year-old contracted the virus in late June, days after attending a Trump campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla.
Best Coffee Makers for College
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 15:57:12 -0400
Whether college means in-person or online classes this year, great coffee can help students get up and running. Make it easy to get a fix with a quality coffee maker. At Consumer Reports, we test...
Republicans attack Fauci and defend Trump at coronavirus hearing
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:39:57 -0400
Republicans used a House hearing on the coronavirus pandemic to praise President Trump and sometimes criticize Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Exclusive: CDC projects U.S. coronavirus death toll could top 180,000 by Aug. 22
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 13:05:19 -0400
As coronavirus cases have continued to rise in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is forecasting that the total American death toll from COVID-19 could hit 182,000 by the fourth week of August, according to an internal government document obtained by Yahoo News.
Yakov Smirnoff defends anti-mask stance: 'I don't want to lose America'
Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:40:45 -0400
Comedian Yakov Smirnoff — best known for his “In Soviet Russia...” shtick — recently spoke out against the policy of requiring face masks, to Twitter’s endless delight.
Trump refuses to say he won't seek to delay 2020 election
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 19:32:54 -0400
President Trump used a White House briefing on Thursday afternoon to reiterate unfounded concerns about mail-in voting in the forthcoming presidential election.
These 13 states need to lock down now, according to Harvard coronavirus experts
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:22:01 -0400
A report released by the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force warns that 21 states are now in the “red zone” and need to take aggressive steps to slow the spread of COVID-19. But new guidelines from Harvard University show the task force's recommendations may be too weak to suppress the virus.
Miami-Dade ICUs at 146% capacity with coronavirus patients, according to federal document
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 11:12:22 -0400
Hospitals in the Miami area have been so overwhelmed by coronavirus patients that intensive care units are now operating well beyond full capacity, according to a federal pandemic update obtained by Yahoo News.
How can the U.S. solve its coronavirus testing troubles?
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 17:05:52 -0400
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. has struggled to meet the demand for testing. What solutions are there that can bring testing up to the level needed to properly track the virus?
Doctors behind viral COVID-19 misinformation video met with Vice President Pence
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 15:02:08 -0400
A group of doctors who took part in a viral video that was taken down Tuesday by social media companies for spreading disinformation about the coronavirus met with Vice President Mike Pence, according to the co-founder of a group that organized the event.
Why some Americans say they'll never wear a mask — and what that says about the U.S.
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 13:58:12 -0400
While the vast majority of public health experts now agree that wearing face masks could halt the worsening coronavirus pandemic in its tracks, some Americans continue to resist that guidance.
Nine of the top 10 U.S. coronavirus hot spots are in Florida and Texas
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 12:53:44 -0400
While President Trump touted improvements in the coronavirus pandemic in the Sun Belt, the CDC warned that nine of the nation’s top 10 growing hot spots are in Florida and Texas, according to an internal government document obtained by Yahoo News.
U.S. still leads the world in coronavirus cases, ahead of developing countries
Wed, 29 Jul 2020 10:26:00 -0400
The United States has fallen further behind Europe and remains the world's leader in both total cases and deaths from the virus.
Trump complains that Americans like Fauci more than him
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 19:22:51 -0400
President Trump used a White House press briefing on Tuesday to wonder aloud why he was less liked than Dr. Anthony Fauci, a prominent member of the White House coronavirus task force.
President Trump shared video later taken down for providing 'false information' about COVID-19
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 08:58:45 -0400
The president retweeted a video that stated hydroxychloroquine was a cure for COVID-19 and masks were unnecessary, as well as a message saying Dr. Anthony Fauci had misled the public.
Pence visits University of Miami for launch of phase III vaccine trial amid dispute over in-person teaching
Mon, 27 Jul 2020 19:36:22 -0400
Vice President Mike Pence visited Florida on Monday to tout the University of Miami’s role in coronavirus vaccine testing, even as professors there have expressed concerns about being forced to return to classes in person amid surging numbers of cases in the state.
Despite worsening pandemic, Trump says states 'should be opening up'
Mon, 27 Jul 2020 17:05:31 -0400
President Trump continued to urge states to reopen their economies Monday despite the sharp increase in the number of Americans testing positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks.
'We are living in fear': Florida health department workers write to DeSantis after several employees test positive
Fri, 24 Jul 2020 16:22:17 -0400
Employees at the central offices of the Florida Department of Health have written to Gov. Ron DeSantis to express concern that his administration has not done enough to keep them safe from the coronavirus.
Trump makes pitch for masks, but plays catch without one as Little Leaguers visit White House
Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:38:19 -0400
Minutes after reiterating his call for all Americans to wear face masks, President Trump greeted more than a dozen youth baseball players without one.
Trump scraps Florida convention plans due to coronavirus fears: 'The timing is not right'
Thu, 23 Jul 2020 19:54:52 -0400
President Trump announced he is cancelling the portion of the Republican National Convention that was set to take place in Jacksonville, Fla., next month.
Open schools for younger kids, top pediatrician says
Thu, 23 Jul 2020 17:09:50 -0400
Younger children pose a smaller risk of catching and transmitting the coronavirus, a top pediatrician told Congress on Thursday.
The coronavirus curves are starting to flatten — again. But complacency now could prove deadly.
Thu, 23 Jul 2020 15:08:36 -0400
There’s no evidence from the rest of the world that relying on people to behave themselves can actually suppress the coronavirus to a manageable level, as opposed to merely slowing its spread. So far, only lockdowns have done that.
Republican coronavirus relief bill includes no local aid, smaller unemployment benefits and $20 billion for farmers
Thu, 23 Jul 2020 14:16:08 -0400
The White House is pushing for the new coronavirus relief bill to include $20 billion in payments to farmers, which may complicate negotiations with Democrats, according to a draft plan obtained by Yahoo News.
FEMA won't commit to face masks for schools
Wed, 22 Jul 2020 14:59:54 -0400
Even as the president pushes for schools to reopen in the fall, the director of FEMA said it would likely not supply schools with face masks.
A public health employee predicted Florida's coronavirus catastrophe — then she was fired: 'This is everything I was trying to warn people about'
Wed, 22 Jul 2020 14:48:10 -0400
In a complaint filed last Thursday, attorneys for Rebekah Jones, who designed a dashboard on coronavirus spread in the state, say she was fired for “refusing to publish misleading health data.”
As post-COVID heart and brain problems linger, some coronavirus survivors find it's a long haul to recovery
Wed, 22 Jul 2020 12:54:34 -0400
A large online movement of COVID-19 survivors who are still sick are outraged at how casually many Americans are treating the coronavirus threat.
On coronavirus, Trump insists the U.S. has the world's 'No. 1 low mortality rate.' He's wrong — and it's the wrong way to measure success.
Tue, 21 Jul 2020 20:13:56 -0400
The problem with President Trump’s new strategy is that his prized data point is a mirage — an illusion that dissolves under closer inspection, revealing the opposite of the “success” it’s supposed to show.
Trump says coronavirus will ‘get worse before it gets better’
Tue, 21 Jul 2020 19:06:09 -0400
Faced with a seemingly intractable surge in coronavirus cases, President Trump sought to strike a new tone of solemnity, one that sharply contrasted with his assertions that the virus had been largely beaten back.
How to Get Kids to Wear Sunscreen
Mon, 20 Jul 2020 15:59:32 -0400
Nine in 10 parents say using sunscreen is very important for protecting their child against sunburn and skin cancer, according to a national poll on children’s health from the University of Michi...
Trump says he will bring back daily coronavirus briefings
Mon, 20 Jul 2020 12:17:39 -0400
With coronavirus cases continuing to climb in the United States and the death toll mounting, the president said on Monday that he will resume holding daily briefings on the crisis.
Trump flails in interview with Wallace, citing false and nonexistent data on COVID-19
Sun, 19 Jul 2020 11:16:05 -0400
The president discussed his response to the pandemic, Joe Biden and cognitive tests in the interview that aired Sunday morning.
Can you get the coronavirus twice?
Sun, 19 Jul 2020 09:12:37 -0400
Recent studies suggest that the immunity acquired from antibodies to the coronavirus may diminish within a few months — which would be bad news for those hoping to achieve herd immunity without a vaccine.
White House document shows 18 states in coronavirus 'red zone'
Fri, 17 Jul 2020 15:43:50 -0400
A report recommends that “red zone” states mandate the use of masks, limit social gatherings to 10 people or fewer and close bars and gyms in hot spots.
It's too late for masks alone to turn the tide on coronavirus. Why the U.S. needs to lock down hot spots right away.
Fri, 17 Jul 2020 12:16:57 -0400
Masks are necessary to combat America’s resurgent coronavirus pandemic. But they may no longer be enough. Patterns from countries that are faring much better than the U.S. suggest we won’t bring the virus to heel until we start locking down hot spots as well.
In interview with Fauci, Zuckerberg says U.S. failed on coronavirus response
Thu, 16 Jul 2020 19:09:37 -0400
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted that the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic — in which more than 138,000 Americans have died — has been “significantly worse” than in the rest of the world.
White House says Trump won't issue a nationwide order on masks
Thu, 16 Jul 2020 16:00:12 -0400
President Trump does not want to issue a nationwide mask mandate to combat the coronavirus and instead wants local governments to make their own choices, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday.
Pelosi says Trump is 'like a man who refuses to ask for directions' on coronavirus pandemic
Thu, 16 Jul 2020 13:36:57 -0400
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on President Trump to invoke the Defense Production Act to increase supplies of personal protective equipment for health care workers treating COVID-19.