GOP Senator Raised Virus Alarms Weeks Ago — In Private U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, in a private luncheon, compared the coronavirus to the 1918 flu. NPR's Tim Mak obtained a secret recording — more of his reporting is here. Plus how nurses are coping in the Seattle region, and why schools are struggling to make informed decisions about keeping kids home from school.

Check out Life Kit's episode '8 Tips To Make Working From Home Work For You' here.

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GOP Senator Raised Virus Alarms Weeks Ago — In Private

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GOP Senator Raised Virus Alarms Weeks Ago — In Private

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Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., pictured here in 2019, warned a small group of constituents on Feb. 27 about the impact of the coronavirus on the U.S., according to a secret recording obtained by NPR. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., pictured here in 2019, warned a small group of constituents on Feb. 27 about the impact of the coronavirus on the U.S., according to a secret recording obtained by NPR.

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U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, in a private luncheon, compared the coronavirus to the 1918 flu. NPR's Tim Mak obtained a secret recording — more of his reporting is here. Plus how nurses are coping in the Seattle region, and why schools are struggling to make informed decisions about keeping kids home from school.

Check out Life Kit's episode '8 Tips To Make Working From Home Work For You' here.

Find and support your local public radio station here.

Email the show at coronavirusdaily@npr.org.

This episode was edited by Beth Donovan and produced by Gabriela Saldiva, Anne Li, and Brent Baughman.