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Together Inc. food bank workers distribute food at a drive-through location in Omaha, Neb., last week. Disruptions in the agricultural supply chain caused by the coronavirus pandemic are making it difficult for food banks. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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A ventilator and other hospital equipment is seen in an emergency field hospital to aid in the coronavirus pandemic in Central Park in New York City on Tuesday. Misha Friedman/Getty Images hide caption

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United Nations officials are delaying a climate conference this fall, which many climate activists hoped would the biggest step forward since negotiations in Paris in 2015. Here, activists rally on Dec. 12, 2015. Francois Guillot/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A woman wearing a mask pushes a shopping cart as she crosses a street in Queens on March 30, 2019 in New York City. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Mask Debate; Preventing More New York-Sized Clusters

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A worker cleans an area along the Las Vegas Strip that's now devoid of the usual crowds, with casinos and many other business shuttered. John Locher/AP hide caption

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

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Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), speaks during a news conference in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, March 10th, 2020. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A scientist works in a lab at Moderna in Cambridge, Mass., in February. Moderna has developed an experimental coronavirus medicine, but an approved treatment could be more than a year away. David L. Ryan/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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A spokesperson for St. Barnabas Hospital said Monday that it takes four to six days for the hospital to receive coronavirus test results. Misha Friedman/Getty Images hide caption

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New York City Hospitals Struggle To Get Virus Testing Online Amid Patient Surge

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This cube of uranium metal came from a reactor that the Nazis tried to build during World War II. Hundreds of others like it are now missing. John T. Consoli/University of Maryland hide caption

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Aetna was the first insurer to announce its plan to help shield patients with COVID-19 from high medical bills. But out-of-network charges and other surprise bills remain a risk, say advocates for patients. Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump listens to Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases during the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House on Sunday. At the same briefing, Trump announced extended social distancing guidelines in effect until April 30. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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Social Distancing Extended; Grocery Store Tips

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The Food and Drug Administration has authorized two malaria drugs — chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine — to be added to the national emergency stockpile for use in responding to COVID-19. Photo Illustration by John Phillips/Getty Images hide caption

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The logo of the World Health Organization (WHO) at its headquarters in Geneva. The organization says the coronavirus is primarily transmitted "through respiratory droplets and contact routes," not airborne transmission. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Universities across the U.S. are gearing up to run coronavirus tests, much like the virology lab at UW Medicine, which includes the University of Washington's medical school and hospitals, started doing early on in the outbreak. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Even some of the darkest, wettest parts of the Australian landscape burned during the country's fire season. The incursion of fire into these damp refuges alarms ecologists like Mark Graham. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there's no evidence that pets can contract or spread the coronavirus. But you still may want to keep your dog away from other people right now. Max Posner/NPR hide caption

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