Asked and answered: What readers want to know about coronavirus

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            The novel coronavirus is changing how we live our lives, and our readers have questions. The Washington Post has catalogued and organized 12,962 questions about the pandemic and provided a guide to help you find the answers. Many of the questions fall into common themes, and this guide provides links to reporting that holds the answers to those frequently referenced topic areas. This guide is updated twice a day and reordered with the most frequently asked-about subject areas, from how covid-19, the disease the virus causes, affects individuals to the broad impact on society as we know it.

            You can keep asking us questions here.

            The Post has collected 369 new questions in the last 14 days. Categories are organized by frequency of most recent questions. Change in interest is based on questions asked in the last 4 weeks.

            how-it-spreads

            +12% more interest over last 4 weeks How it spreads

            vaccines-treatments

            -18% less interest over last 4 weeks Vaccines & treatments

            characteristics-of-coronavirus

            -13% less interest over last 4 weeks Characteristics of coronavirus

            Resources

            The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

            CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

            Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

            Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

            social-distancing

            +92% more interest over last 4 weeks Social distancing

            masks

            +21% more interest over last 4 weeks Masks

            testing-immunity

            -9% less interest over last 4 weeks Testing & immunity

            Resources

            The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

            CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

            Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

            Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

            mortality-rate-cases

            +25% more interest over last 4 weeks Mortality rate & cases

            state-federal-response

            +38% more interest over last 4 weeks State & federal response

            trumps-response-to-coronavirus

            -52% less interest over last 4 weeks Trump’s response to coronavirus

            Resources

            The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

            CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

            Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

            Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

            tracking-the-virus

            -45% less interest over last 4 weeks Tracking the virus

            cleaning-sanitation

            +66% more interest over last 4 weeks Cleaning & sanitation

            fall-winter-activities

            +114% more interest over last 4 weeks Fall & winter activities

            Resources

            The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

            CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

            Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

            Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

            symptoms

            -53% less interest over last 4 weeks Symptoms

            staying-healthy

            -10% less interest over last 4 weeks Staying healthy

            shopping-dining

            +200% more interest over last 4 weeks Shopping & dining

            Resources

            The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

            CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

            Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

            Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

            international-impact-response

            -12% less interest over last 4 weeks International impact & response

            flu-cold-season

            0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Flu & cold season

            travel

            +100% more interest over last 4 weeks Travel

            Resources

            The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

            CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

            Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

            Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

            grocery-takeout

            +100% more interest over last 4 weeks Grocery & takeout

            hospital-capacity-ppe

            +150% more interest over last 4 weeks Hospital capacity & PPE

            pandemic-science-history

            +66% more interest over last 4 weeks Pandemic science & history

            Resources

            The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

            CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

            Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

            Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

            grade-school

            +300% more interest over last 4 weeks Grade school

            elections

            +300% more interest over last 4 weeks Elections

            health-care

            -25% less interest over last 4 weeks Health care

            Resources

            The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

            CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

            Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

            Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

            exercise-gyms

            +50% more interest over last 4 weeks Exercise & gyms

            preexisting-medical-conditions

            -58% less interest over last 4 weeks Preexisting medical conditions

            jobs-the-economy

            +50% more interest over last 4 weeks Jobs & the economy

            Resources

            The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

            CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

            Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

            Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

            seniors

            -67% less interest over last 4 weeks Seniors

            stay-at-home-orders-reopening

            -40% less interest over last 4 weeks Stay-at-home orders & reopening

            stimulus

            +100% more interest over last 4 weeks Stimulus

            Resources

            The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

            CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

            Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

            Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

            supply-demand

            -34% less interest over last 4 weeks Supply & demand

            life-at-home

            +100% more interest over last 4 weeks Life at home

            mental-health

            100% more interest over last 4 weeks Mental health

            Resources

            The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

            CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

            Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

            Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

            societal-change

            0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Societal change

            going-to-work

            100% more interest over last 4 weeks Going to work

            Methodology

            Wondering how this works? Here's an explanation:

            Tell The Post what you want to know about the virus.

            Reporters are interested in any questions about the virus, but it’s helpful to ask a question that addresses a common dilemma caused by the pandemic. You can also ask about how something works, such as contact tracing, antibody tests or respirator masks. If you’re comfortable doing so, please explain why you’re asking the question and how the answer may affect your life.

            A Post journalist will read your question.

            We’re reading every query and categorizing questions into topic areas, such as “masks,” “stay-at-home” or “symptoms.” The categories help us understand what topics people may have the most questions about and how that has changed over time. A reporter may also email or call you to get more context regarding your submission.

            We’ll send questions to different parts of the newsroom.

            When we notice trends or find a question worth answering on its own, we’ll send those submissions to the appropriate team in the newsroom.

            A reader’s question may inform reporting efforts that are already underway. In some cases, a question will become the basis for an entire article. If we answer your question directly, we’ll email you.

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