President Trump Says CDC Now Recommends Americans Consider Cloth Masks In Public

Enlarge this image A pedestrian in a face mask crosses the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City last month. U.S. health authorities have announced they're changing the official recommendations on face masks, now urging people to wear them in public spaces to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images...

Self-Isolation Orders Pit Civil Liberties Against Public Good In Coronavirus Pandemic

Enlarge this image Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear, seen last week, defended round-the-clock surveillance of a man who allegedly tested positive for coronavirus and wouldn't self-isolate. Bruce Schreiner/AP hide caption toggle caption Bruce Schreiner/AP When local health officers issued simultaneous orders on March 16 for all residents of seven counties in the San Francisco Bay area to "shelter at...

African Countries Respond Quickly To Spread Of COVID-19

Enlarge this image A woman wears a mask as a preventive measure inside a minibus taxi in Johannesburg. Michele Spatari/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Michele Spatari/AFP via Getty Images Earlier this year, when the first reports of the coronavirus started to come out of China, global health officials said they were very worried about what...

Coronavirus Live Updates: White House and Congress Reach $2 Trillion Stimulus Deal

新冠病毒疫情最新消息Here’s what you need to know:Senators and White House strike deal on stimulus package.Trump wants U.S. “opened up” by Easter, as fleeing New Yorkers are urged to self-quarantine. Stocks surge on promise of a bailout as companies and workers navigate the crisis.Innovators race to help as hospitals plead for equipment.Catch up: Here’s what else...

Live Updates: Over 150 Million Chinese Are Under Coronavirus Lockdown

READ UPDATES IN CHINESE: 新冠病毒疫情最新消息汇总Here’s what you need to know:Half of China’s population is facing new travel restrictions.Japan announced 88 more cruise ship cases.Britain prepares to evacuate citizens from cruise ship.The new virus is deadlier than the one that causes the flu.The director of a hospital in Wuhan has died from the virus.ImageA volunteer...

The Nation's Ballot Measures Fall Victim To COVID-19 Pandemic

People in the U.S. are being urged to social distances until at least the end of April. Ballot initiatives depend on canvassers gathering signatures in-person in crowded places and during events.

He Held a Plank for More Than 8 Hours, Setting a Record

George E. Hood, a 62-year-old retiree from Naperville, Ill., strapped a heart monitor band across his chest, attached a catheter to his body, climbed onto a custom-built table covered with a lambskin and dialed up a curated rock ’n’ roll playlist on his phone.And then he raised himself into a plank — and held...

Medicare for All? A Public Option? Health Care Terms, Explained

Enlarge this image As Democratic presidential candidates prepare to debate again on Tuesday night, health care proposals are likely to come up, as they did during the November 20 debate. Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., (left) Former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., (right) will be among the candidates debating. The...

10 Ways to Ease Your Coronavirus Anxiety

“Life is one thing after another,” Dr. Harriet Lerner, a psychologist and author, said. “And just because the universe has already sent us one big stress, it doesn’t mean we won’t be hit with others.”Dr. Lerner has spent much of her career researching the effects of anxiety and fear on individuals, families and larger...

Coronavirus Makes Daily Life Confounding. Here Are Some Answers.

How to stay safe. How to protect others. How much risk to take when the smallest act can be a risk: touching a doorknob, buying milk. Whether or not the virus has reached your neighborhood, what’s swept into everyone’s lives is a set of confounding dilemmas.So send your questions to us, at dilemmas@nytimes.com. There’s...