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WATCH: ‘Massive Numbers of People’ Needed to do Contact Tracing

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — State governments across the country are hiring thousands of people as contact tracers to track the spread of COVID-19 and to help bring it under control. The data collected from contact tracing can help researchers better understand how the virus spreads, and what mitigation methods work. ProPublica reporter Caroline Chen joins… Read More

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WATCH: All 50 States Partially Reopen as CDC Quietly Releases its Guidelines

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — All 50 states have now taken some steps to reopen after COVID-19 shutdowns. Their approaches vary, with only minor restrictions remaining in states like Texas, while New York still has strict limitations in place. Federal guidance from the CDC was released quietly, but its recommendations aren’t mandatory. Meanwhile, WHO officials warned that… Read More

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WATCH: As Restrictions are Lifted, How to Apply Lessons from Health Care Workers to Daily Life

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — In all but two U.S. states, stay-at-home orders are being lifted, and businesses are reopening. But can the lifting of restrictions be safe, when COVID-19 is still increasing in many parts of the country? Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and chair of the joint health care venture Haven,… Read More

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WATCH: What’s the Key to U.S. Economic Recovery? Testing, says this Nobel Prize Winner

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — As millions more Americans file for unemployment amid an economy crippled by COVID-19, many states are lifting restrictions and reopening businesses. But is that the correct approach to reviving the U.S. economy? NewsHour’s Paul Solman talks to Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer about weighing costs and benefits and why “there are no… Read More

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WATCH: NASA Monitors Mars Mission ‘Remotely’ During the Pandemic

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (PBS NewsHour) — NASA researchers and scientists are familiar with working “remotely” from millions of miles away, literally, and the global pandemic has now forced most to adapt to working from home. But how are NASA employees who are monitoring the Mars Rover Mission handling the new challenges? Carrie Bridge, science operations team chief… Read More

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WATCH: For Many Americans, Health Coverage is Tied to a Job — and Now They Have Neither

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Consequences of the unemployment driven by the novel coronavirus pandemic will reverberate through the U.S. economy for months, if not years. One result: as millions of Americans lose their jobs, they are also losing their health care coverage — and for many, there aren’t affordable insurance alternatives available. NewsHour’s Paul Solman reports… Read More

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WATCH: Why Your Dreams May Have Been More Vivid During the Outbreak

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Deirdre Barrett is a Harvard University professor and an expert on dreaming who has studied the science of dreams for three decades. And with societal anxieties heightened by the global pandemic, she is now collecting accounts of COVID-19 dreams with the hopes of learning how they are influenced by big events. NewsHour… Read More