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June 20th
Scientists are still trying to understand the role of asymptomatic spread in the COVID-19 pandemic, but they know enough to be concerned about campaign events.

June 17th
The steroid dexamethasone can be lifesaving for patients with severe COVID-19. It may also help researchers learn more about the disease and how to treat it.

June 17th
Cities and states are pressing ahead with plans to do so. But has anything changed about the coronavirus that makes it safer to go out now?

June 17th
China races against the U.S. and others to make the COVID-19 vaccine first, promoting itself as a benevolent vaccinator for the developing world.

June 16th
COVID-19 has killed more than 100,000 people in the U.S., but some are more vulnerable than others. These charts show how Americans have been affected.

June 16th
Researchers in England say drug can reduce death rates in very ill COVID-19 patients. But it's risky for those with mild symptoms.

June 15th
Tesla defied Alameda County and opened early. Yet the county won't release data on COVID-19 cases at its Fremont plant.

June 12th
In exploring coronavirus immunity as the nation reopens, scientists still want to know how long immunity lasts and whether it protects everyone equally.

June 12th
In California, mandatory face coverings that experts say reduce the spread of the coronavirus are at the center of an intense political fight.

June 12th
More adults in the U.S. are going without sex for a year or more, and those who are having sex are having it less frequently than they did 20 years ago.

June 12th
The global race for a coronavirus vaccine involves a few basic approaches. Some have been around for decades, others are being tried for the first time.

June 11th
Can a coronavirus vaccine really be developed this year? Dr. Anthony Fauci and other experts say it's possible but far from certain.

June 10th
More than 130 labs around the world are working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. But what would it take to vaccinate everyone by early next year?

June 10th
Though local officials point to Gov. Gavin Newsom's guidelines as part of the reason they felt it was the right time to reopen their counties, time will tell if the pace is too fast.

June 10th
Amid the fear and uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus, doctors and nurses are using narrative medicine to communicate more openly with their patients.

June 9th
The coronavirus has made life especially risky for EMTs. The protests ignited by the death of George Floyd add new complications for these first responders.

June 9th
The coronavirus arrived in Northern California not only from people who brought it in from other states but from international travelers from many places.

June 8th
Health officials want you to get tested for the coronavirus if you've been to a protest or any large gathering where people haven't worn masks.

June 7th
A fantastical sea creature that uses mucus to eat planet-warming CO2 has long been a mystery of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

June 5th
Here's what we can do about COVID-19's racial inequality.

June 5th
How many people in L.A. actually have coronavirus? Why health officials still don't know for sure

June 4th
Dentists are taking a lot more precautions related to the coronavirus as patients come back for routine cleanings. Here's what will be different.

June 3rd
The FDA is trying to rein in the chaos it created by allowing companies to flood the market with COVID-19 antibody tests of questionable accuracy.

June 3rd
Experts are worried about the potential for new surges of disease as California reopens.

June 2nd
Five decades of evidence show that rubber bullets can maim, blind and even kill people, but they still are being used widely by police to quell protests and unrest.

June 2nd
Some public health experts are bracing for a spike in COVID-19 cases in the wake of protests against police brutality.

June 2nd
Operation Warp Speed aims to produce 300 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year. If scientists succeed, it would be a first.

June 1st
Scientists studying tiny exhaled particles that could transmit the coronavirus say a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decision to drop warnings against choral singing is dangerous, risking more "super spreading events" such as a Washington state…

May 30th
Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley are the first U.S. astronauts to launch to orbit from U.S. soil in nine years -- and the first ever in a spacecraft made and owned by a private company.

May 29th
Scientists of all kinds are putting their day jobs on hold and focusing their attention on trying to solve the coronavirus.

May 27th
Nearly half of Americans said either they or a family member has skipped or delayed medical care because of the coronavirus, according to a new poll.

May 26th
There's increasing concern that people infected with COVID-19 who show no signs of illness are playing a large role in the transmission of COVID-19.

May 22nd
The coronavirus can trigger a rare but serious inflammatory response that health officials are calling multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C.

May 21st
The CDC laid out detailed guidelines for reopening schools, restaurants, transit systems and other businesses.

May 20th
Researchers are using artificial intelligence programs to navigate the coronavirus crisis. AI helps them decide which patients are most at risk.

May 20th
Three months into California's battle with the coronavirus, there are growing signs that the outbreak is ebbing even as the state death toll continues to climb past 3,400.

May 19th
The coronavirus may deepen the U.S. mental health crisis, experts say. Patients may fall through the cracks; new ones experience anxiety and depression.

May 18th
The coronavirus crisis has upended the status quo in all kinds of ways, and that includes how clinical trials are run.

May 16th
In cities across Mexico, morgues are full and funeral homes are jammed but nobody knows for sure how many people have died in the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 16th
You've stayed at home long enough and want to socialize with your friends. Here's how you can gather without putting your health -- or theirs -- in jeopardy.

May 15th
Researchers report promising results in early safety trials of convalescent plasma therapy, in which the blood of COVID-19 survivors is used to treat patients.

May 13th
You know you need to wash your hands after going to the grocery store — what about your favorite hoodie? Here's what we know so far.

May 13th
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is so new that patients and doctors face considerable uncertainty about what they can expect in recovery and beyond.

May 12th
The 1918 flu was one the worst pandemics in history, infecting one-third of the world's population. How cities responded to the crisis in 1918 provides lessons on handling COVID-19 today.

May 11th
Bones from a Bulgarian cave suggest humans arrived in Europe thousands of years earlier than previously thought, and coexisting much longer with Neanderthals.

May 11th
A new coronavirus test offers a cheaper, quicker way to screen for infections, but it's not quite what top government health officials are looking for.

May 11th
During the coronavirus outbreak, people with conditions like diabetes and kidney disease are adapting their medical routines to avoid exposure.

May 9th
Despite President Trump's statements that the coronavirus was released from a laboratory in Wuhan, scientists say the evidence points to a natural origin.

May 8th
COVID-19 victims in their 20s and 30s make headlines, but does it mean the coronavirus has become more dangerous to younger people? Here's what we know.

May 6th
Asian giant hornets in Pacific Northwest are unlikely to attack humans