Coronavirus/COVID-19 Coverage from WGCU

As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads, look for clear, fact-based reporting from your local public radio newsroom right here. From WGCU’s reporting on Southwest Florida’s response to this global event to tips to prevent the spread of COVID-19, along with local daily newscasts during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, WGCU has you covered. Statewide, national, and international coverage is also available.

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  • In Russia, Health Services Struggle As Exasperation Grows Over Coronavirus Aid Abroad
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    Nearly a dozen Russian military planes filled with medical supplies landed in Serbia on Friday — the latest in a series of controversial Kremlin humanitarian aid missions carried out amid the global spread of the coronavirus. "Now we have everything to fight the virus," said Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic… Read more »
  • President Trump Says CDC Now Recommends Americans Consider Cloth Masks In Public
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    President Trump said Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that people wear cloth or fabric face masks, which can be made at home, when entering public spaces such as grocery stores and public transit stations — not only to protect the people wearing them, but also… Read more »
  • Whaddaya Knead? Yeast And Baking Powder Top America's Shopping Lists
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    Yeast, baking powder and spiral hams were big hits in America's shopping carts last week. As the country settles in — possibly for the long haul — under stay-at-home orders, baking projects appear to be a common distraction, while panic purchasing of some products seems to be subsiding. Sales are… Read more »
  • One More Coronavirus Problem: Accurate Weather Forecasts
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    Widespread cancellations of commercial flights are creating problems for meteorologists around the world. That's because weather forecasting models rely on temperature and wind data gathered by thousands of planes flying overhead. The National Weather Service uses more than 250 million measurements from aircraft every year, which are fed into complex… Read more »
  • Children May Miss Meals As School Food Service Workers Fall Ill
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    In Clark County, Nev., the nation's fifth-largest school district, a school food service worker has reportedly died of COVID-19 . That death is one of around 40 recorded in the state of Nevada as of Friday afternoon. Just a few weeks ago NPR reported on the swift efforts to continue… Read more »
  • WATCH: White House Stresses Payments Will Come Soon, As Unemployment Soars
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    Just days after the White House coronavirus task force warned Americans to brace for sobering death tolls , the administration is vowing to provide economic relief to Americans sooner rather than later. During Thursday's briefing at the White House, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his department is working to ensure… Read more »
  • After Outcry Over Navy Captain Relieved Of Command, Assurances He Won't Be Expelled
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    A day after U.S. Navy Captain Brett Crozier was abruptly removed from his post as commanding officer of the coronavirus-infected aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, a Navy official confirms to NPR that acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly intends for Crozier to be reassigned rather than dismissed from the Navy. It… Read more »
  • 'We Are Swamped': Coronavirus Propels Interest In Raising Backyard Chickens For Eggs
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    The coronavirus pandemic is heightening interest in raising young chickens for a reliable supply of eggs, with hatcheries saying they're seeing a flood of new customers. "We are swamped with orders," says Nancy Smith, owner of the Cackle Hatchery in Lebanon, Mo. "We can't answer all the phone calls, and… Read more »
  • Pandemic Claims The Lives Of Doctors In The Philippines At Startling Rates
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    In the Philippines, doctors who have treated patients with COVID-19 are dying in alarming numbers. Fourteen physicians who died tested positive for the virus and four more are suspected of succumbing to it, according to the Philippine Medical Association. As the pandemic sweeps through the Philippines, confirmed cases of COVID-19… Read more »
  • 'Take This Serious': Bus Driver Dies Of COVID-19 After Calling Out Coughing Rider
    Jason Hargrove was behind the wheel of a bus in Detroit when he said a passenger began to cough. The middle-aged woman let loose four or five times without covering her mouth, he said, and watching her do this — at the same time Michigan was under a state of… Read more »

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