The internet’s top 12 coronavirus-related questions, answered

Flattening the curve on panic and disinformation.

  • With mixed messages coming from our leaders, Americans have turned to the internet to answer their COVID-19 questions.
  • We explore the top 12 coronavirus questions, according to Google Trends.
  • When seeking answers, it is important to prioritize evidence-based information from credible sources.

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Attempting to track COVID-19 with smart rings for responders

Medical researchers put a ring on it to learn more about the onset of COVID-19.

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  • Smart rings are being tested on San Francisco ER workers to track symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The rings, designed by a company called Oura, detect heart rate, temperature, and respiration.
  • The researchers hope to build a diagnostic algorithm from the collected data.
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    How will COVID-19 impact the economy?

    Economics professor Stephen M. Miller shares his insights in this exclusive interview.

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    • Stephen M. Miller, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, gives insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts American economies.
    • Calling it a "trade-off between public health and economic health," Miller explains why social distancing is a necessary measure to avoid a total crash of economies.
    • The SIR model, which is a guide to assessing how much of the population is actively infected, shows what could happen if the active cases of infection goes above 10% of the population.
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    Do you have a cold, the flu, or COVID-19?

    What symptoms to watch for, how to get tested, what to do if you're sick, and when to go to the doctor.

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    • Differences in symptoms exist between a cold, the flu and coronavirus.
    • The CDC issued specific recommendations about what to do if you're sick and when to get tested.
    • Calling the doctor is important if you feel sick or have questions.
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    Who should get coronavirus treatments first? Doctors face ethical dilemmas

    Facing a shortage of medical resources, doctors in the U.S. may have to make difficult moral decisions over how to allocate care.

    • The U.S. likely doesn't have enough ICU beds or ventilators to effectively manage an influx of COVID-19 patients.
    • Italy has been dealing with a shortage of medical resources for weeks. Doctors there have been trying to prioritize care based on who's most likely to benefit.
    • Doctors in the U.S. will likely take a similar utilitarian approach, if resources become scarce.

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