Coronavirus updates: U.S. nears 200,000 deaths

  • The U.S. was on the brink Sunday of surpassing 200,000 coronavirus deaths as experts warned the total could double by year's end amid signs that new cases are on the rise in some areas.
  • Fatigue for social distancing, colder weather and continued contention over mask-wearing and reopening may compound COVID-19 cases and deaths as the year goes on.
  • Britain’s government is upping the ante, increasing possible fines to $13,000 for refusing to self isolate and is considering a 2-week lockdown amid a sharp surge in coronavirus infections.
  • In college football, Baylor did not play its season opener Saturday against Houston and Florida Atlantic’s opener against Georgia Southern also was postponed due to positive coronavirus tests.

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What to do if you think you have coronavirus

Here’s what to know about the symptoms and what to do if you have them. It's important to take precautions to protect not only your health, but also that of others.

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Can you reuse a disposable mask?

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How to be safe when socializing

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What is contact tracing, and how does it work?

The goal of contact tracing is to alert people who may have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus, and prevent them from spreading it to others.

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Can coronavirus spread through the air?

The World Health Organization recently acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions.

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Can you get the coronavirus twice?

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How safe is outdoor dining?

Are you helping or hurting the people involved in the restaurant business by dining out? Experts weigh in.

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Can plastic face shields protect you from the coronavirus?

Plastic face shields are most frequently worn by nurses or doctors who are very close to patients who may be exposed to droplets that contain the coronavirus.

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What's the risk of getting coronavirus outside vs. inside?

The virus does spread more easily indoors, but you should still follow social distancing guidelines to protect yourself outside.

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Is it safe to go to the gym?

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Debunking coronavirus conspiracies

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Public health glossary

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WHO's FAQ guide

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US nears 200,000 deaths from coronavirus

A new report deems COVID-19 as the largest mass fatality incident to hit New York City.
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