After researchers noticed fewer nearsighted patients in a hospital ward in China, they speculated that wearing glasses might offer some protection against Covid-19.
A Texas family tried to ward off the virus. But as cases in the state soared and debates about masks and distancing raged, there was only so much they could control.
The controversy over inadequate protective equipment has come to embody what critics describe as a haphazard federal effort to protect the 1.5 million Americans who live in nursing homes.
The coronavirus exposed European countries’ misplaced confidence in faulty models, bureaucratic busywork and their own wealth.
A stir-crazy nation wonders: Is it safe to stroll on the beach in a deadly pandemic? How about a picnic in the park? Or coffee with a friend at an outdoor table? The risk is in the details.
This is not complicated, folks.
The surgical masks used in risky settings like hospitals offer much less protection against the coronavirus, an analysis found.
Much remains unknown and mysterious, but these are some of the things we’re pretty sure of after half a year of this pandemic.
It also may herald the return of wearable tech.
As dining rooms slowly reopen, owners are scrambling to reduce risks and reassure customers with an array of gear. Face coverings lead the way.
Facing dire shortages of protective gear and amid fears that the worst is yet to come, more than 180 medical workers are reported to have fallen victim so far and thousands have been infected.
The country’s efforts to get back to business have been inconsistent and sometimes stricter than workers elsewhere might tolerate. Still, it could set a path for the rest of the world.