When To Wear A Mask; Are Loss Of Taste And Smell Symptoms? Officials on the White House coronavirus task force have a goal: to limit the number of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 to 100,000 people. But they say preventing more clusters the size of New York and New Jersey is key.

And with conflicting opinions about who should be wearing masks, NPR's Allison Aubrey reports new guidance may be coming soon.

Plus, what a 1995 heat wave can teach us about fighting today's pandemic — and the scientific debate over what could be early symptoms of COVID-19 — a loss of taste and smell.

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Short Wave's episode, 'Is This Real? Loss of Smell And The Coronavirus' on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and NPR One.

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The Mask Debate; Preventing More New York-Sized Clusters

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The Mask Debate; Preventing More New York-Sized Clusters

The Mask Debate; Preventing More New York-Sized Clusters

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A woman wearing a mask pushes a shopping cart as she crosses a street in Queens on March 30, 2019 in New York City. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A woman wearing a mask pushes a shopping cart as she crosses a street in Queens on March 30, 2019 in New York City.

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Officials on the White House coronavirus task force have a goal: to limit the number of U.S. deaths from COVID-19 to 100,000 people. But they say preventing more clusters the size of New York and New Jersey is key.

And with conflicting opinions about who should be wearing masks, NPR's Allison Aubrey reports new guidance may be coming soon.

Plus, what a 1995 heat wave can teach us about fighting today's pandemic — and the scientific debate over what could be early symptoms of COVID-19 — a loss of taste and smell.

Links:

Short Wave's episode, 'Is This Real? Loss of Smell And The Coronavirus' on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and NPR One.

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