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Fighting COVID-19 Is Like 'Whack-A-Mole,' Says Writer Who Warned Of Pandemic

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Atlantic writer Ed Yong warned of a global pandemic two years ago. He says scientists are still working to understand how COVID-19 travels through air — and whether more of us should be wearing masks.

Fighting COVID-19 Is Like 'Whack-A-Mole,' Says Writer Who Warned Of A Pandemic

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President Trump Offers Drowning Restaurant Industry One Solution: Tax Deductions

The restaurant industry has been scrambling for solutions to save itself during the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump has floated the idea of changing a provision in the 2017 tax law.

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Top Navy Brass Defend Response To Virus-Stricken Carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt

Responding to a scathing critique from the commander of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier, Navy officials were on the defensive at a Pentagon news conference.

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The Way The U.S. Beat TB Could Be A Boon In Battling Coronavirus

Tuberculosis is a dangerous infectious disease. The strategies used by wealthy countries to wipe it out within their borders in the 1950s holds lessons for the world.

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Italy, Seen By White House As A U.S. Analogue, Extends Nationwide Lockdown

The White House coronavirus task force calls Italy an example of how the coronavirus could play out in the U.S. The European country's death toll is rising, despite a recent slowdown in cases.

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Caribou On 'Suddenly' And The Inspirational Beauty Of Glenn Copeland

In the inaugural segment of Play It Forward, Ari Shapiro speaks with Dan Snaith, who records under the name Caribou, about his new album Suddenly and the inspiration he found in Glenn Copeland.

Caribou On 'Suddenly' And The Inspirational Beauty Of Glenn Copeland

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A family in Kent, England, posted a parody of the song "One Day More" from Les Misérables, with new words about their life under strict lockdown measures in the U.K. due to the coronavirus. Screengrab by NPR/Ben Marsh on Facebook hide caption

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U.K. Family's Lockdown-Themed Rendition Of 'Les Mis' Is A Delight

The family wrote new lyrics based on their own frustrations: friends unseen, soccer games canceled, grandparents who can't figure out Skype. The video has been viewed more than seven million times.

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FDA Says Zantac Should Be Pulled From Market, Citing Cancer Risk

Major pharmacies had already pulled the popular heartburn drug and its generic equivalents due to a contaminant. Now the Food and Drug Administration says definitively they should not be sold or used.

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What You Need To Know About The 2020 Census

Who gets counted in the 2020 census? What kind of information do households have to give? NPR answers questions about the national head count required by the U.S. Constitution once a decade.

What You Need To Know About The 2020 Census

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