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WHO Says Risk Of COVID-19 Is Now Very High At A Global Level

A face mask adorns a statue of St. Francis of Assisi in the town of San Fiorano, one of the places in Italy on lockdown due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The picture was taken by schoolteacher Marzio Toniolo. Marzio Toniolo/via Reuters hide caption toggle caption Marzio Toniolo/via Reuters A face mask adorns a statue of St. Francis of Assisi in the town of San Fiorano, one of the places in Italy on lockdown due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The picture was taken by schoolteacher Marzio Toniolo. Marzio Toniolo/via Reuters The World Health Organization says the risk that COVID-19 will spread and have a global impact is now “very high,” raising its assessment for the deadly respiratory virus that’s...
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How A Coronavirus Blood Test Could Solve Some Medical Mysteries

The most common test for coronavirus infections checks for the virus’ genetic material. A blood test that, instead, measures antibodies against the virus could give doctors and researchers more information. Jane Barlow /WPA Pool/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jane Barlow /WPA Pool/Getty Images The most common test for coronavirus infections checks for the virus’ genetic material. A blood test that, instead, measures antibodies against the virus could give doctors and researchers more information. Jane Barlow /WPA Pool/Getty Images As the coronavirus spreads more widely around the globe, scientists are starting to use a powerful new tool: a blood test that identifies people who have previously been exposed to the virus. This kind of test is still under development in...
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Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

Kids, this comic is for you. It’s based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China. To make this comic, we’ve used his interviews with Tara Powell, who teaches at the University of Illinois School of Social Work, Joy Osofsky, a clinical and developmental psychologist at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and Krystal Lewis at the National Institute of Mental Health. Enlarge this image Malaka Gharib/ NPR Malaka Gharib/ NPR Malaka Gharib/ NPR Malaka Gharib/ NPR Malaka Gharib/ NPR Malaka Gharib/ NPR Malaka Gharib/ NPR Malaka Gharib is an NPR editor and the author and illustrator of I...
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Olympic Officials Dismiss Speculation That Coronavirus Could Disrupt Tokyo Games

A tourist wearing a mask poses for a photo with the Olympic rings in the background, at Tokyo’s Odaiba district, in a photo taken last month. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption toggle caption Jae C. Hong/AP A tourist wearing a mask poses for a photo with the Olympic rings in the background, at Tokyo’s Odaiba district, in a photo taken last month. Jae C. Hong/AP The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics pushed back on “speculation” that the novel coronavirus epidemic could lead to the cancellation of the Summer Games, after an IOC official appeared to suggest otherwise. “Tokyo 2020 will continue to collaborate with all relevant organisations which carefully monitor any incidence of infectious diseases and will review any...
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Dow Falls Nearly 1,200 Points; Stocks Now In Correction Territory

Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. Wall Street stocks opened sharply lower amid fears the coronavirus will grow into a significant international health crisis. Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. Wall Street stocks opened sharply lower amid fears the coronavirus will grow into a significant international health crisis. Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images Updated at 4:05 p.m. ET Stocks continued their free-fall on Thursday, with major indexes falling into correction territory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled nearly 1,200 points as worries mounted about the economic toll of a widening...
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Coronavirus Updates: Italy Reports 650 Cases And 17 Deaths

Waiters stand by an empty restaurant in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square, which would normally be full of tourists, as a coronavirus outbreak grows in Italy. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters hide caption toggle caption Manuel Silvestri/Reuters Waiters stand by an empty restaurant in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square, which would normally be full of tourists, as a coronavirus outbreak grows in Italy. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET Italy’s number of COVID-19 coronavirus cases spiked by more than 50% in just 24 hours and now stands at 650, the Italian Ministry of Health says, adding that 17 people have died from the respiratory virus. More than 400 of the cases are in the hard-hit Lombardy region, where some towns are under a lockdown....
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How The Brain Teases Apart A Songs Words And Music

Your brain uses the left side to make sense of lyrics and the right side for a song’s melody. Christoph Hetzmannseder/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Christoph Hetzmannseder/Getty Images Your brain uses the left side to make sense of lyrics and the right side for a song’s melody. Christoph Hetzmannseder/Getty Images A song fuses words and music. Yet the human brain can instantly separate a song’s lyrics from its melody. And now scientists think they know how this happens. A team led by researchers at McGill University reported in Science Thursday that song sounds are processed simultaneously by two separate brain areas – one in the left hemisphere and one in the right. “On the left side you can decode...
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Coronavirus Fears Prompt Japan To Close All Its Schools For A Month

Japan is asking all schools from the elementary to high school level to shut down for the next month, citing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus. Here, elementary school students head home Thursday in Ichikawa, Japan. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images Japan is asking all schools from the elementary to high school level to shut down for the next month, citing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus. Here, elementary school students head home Thursday in Ichikawa, Japan. Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images Japan is asking all elementary, junior high and senior high schools to close after this week and not reopen until after their spring break ends in April, in a bid to protect children...
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Scotland Poised To Become 1st Country To Make Period Products Free

Scottish Parliament member Monica Lennon (right) joins supporters of the Period Products bill she sponsored, at a rally outside Parliament in Edinburgh on Tuesday. The legislation would make Scotland the first country in the world to make products like pads and tampons freely available. Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images Scottish Parliament member Monica Lennon (right) joins supporters of the Period Products bill she sponsored, at a rally outside Parliament in Edinburgh on Tuesday. The legislation would make Scotland the first country in the world to make products like pads and tampons freely available. Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images Scotland is now a big step closer to becoming the...
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Writing Gender-Inclusive Materials About Pregnancy

Alt: Three pregnant doodles stand side-by-side under the words “Pregnant People.” One doodle’s shirt says, “Bun in the oven.” A kid doodle points at their parent’s baby bump and says, “Brudder!” Here at We ❤ Health Literacy Headquarters, we always try to use the most inclusive and relatable terms for our target audiences. That means skipping patronizing terms for older adults, stigmatizing lingo for people in prison, and scary words for moms and babies. But even seemingly neutral terms can exclude some of the people you’re trying to reach. Take “pregnant women” for example. Seems fine, hey? But women aren’t the only people who get pregnant. Transgender men, gender nonbinary people, and others do, too. This may seem like no...

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