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Traffic is light on East First Street after the new restrictions went into effect at midnight as the coronavirus pandemic spreads on March 20, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay at home order for Californias 40 million residents except for necessary activities in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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The mouthpiece of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device delivers enough pressurized air to keep the breathing passage of someone who has obstructive sleep apnea open throughout the night.
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Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been a fixture at most of the president's daily coronavirus task force press briefings.
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Prepare For Outbreaks Like New York's In Other States, Warns Anthony Fauci
Doctors test a hospital staffer Tuesday for coronavirus, in a triage tent that's been set up outside the E.R. at St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx. Hospital workers are at higher risk of getting COVID-19, and public health experts fear a staffing shortage in the U.S. is coming.
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Dr. Esther Johnston of HealthPoint Community Health Center says her clinic in Auburn, Washington has overhauled how it sees patients, shifting resources away from routine primary care to pandemic response by necessity.
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Coronavirus testing capacity has begun to expand, with drive-through testing starting up in many places. But experts warn we still need to vastly expand testing to control the outbreak.
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"If we're not able to address the short-term cash needs of rural hospitals, we're going to see hundreds ... close before this crisis ends," warns the head of the National Rural Hospital Association. "This is not hyperbole."
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In Manhattan, Isiah Turner isn't particularly worried about the outbreak. Other than continuously washing his hands and cleaning, he says, "it's just another day." (Right) Ali Sky isn't worried about her own health but says, "I'm really worried about my husband."
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A handful of untraceable cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in the Netherlands alerted public health researchers that the virus may be spread by people with mild symptoms early in the progression of the illness.
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The USNS Comfort, seen in 2017, is one of two U.S. Navy hospital ships, along with the USNS Mercy, that are preparing to deploy to assist medical workers expecting to grapple with an influx of patients in the weeks to come.
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The normally busy transportation hub at the World Trade Center in Manhattan was sparsely populated on Monday. The governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have banned all gatherings of 50 or more people.
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MedStar Washington Hospital Center's "ready room" in Washington, D.C., has mostly been used to house emergency supplies — but some storage carts have been moved out to make way for patient assessment stations.
A member of the custodial staff at Los Angeles' Union Station, taking extra care in the waiting area — all part of enhanced cleaning efforts at major transit hubs in response to COVID-19.
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Depending on your health status, you may need to isolate, self-quarantine or simply practice social distancing. All these measures slow community transmission of the coronavirus.
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