Coronavirus Daily

Coronavirus Daily
A daily news podcast about the coronavirus pandemic, covering all dimensions of the story from science to economics and politics as well as society and culture. Hosted by Kelly McEvers from Embedded. Approximately 10 minutes in length. Publishing weekday afternoons. Includes stories and interviews from NPR’s Science, International, National, Business and Washington reporting teams, as well as station reporters, and the crews at Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

The Rural/Urban Divide; Safe Summer Activities
May 29 • 12 min
With summer near and the coronavirus still spreading, many outdoor activities are low-risk. And the debate over $600 a week in federal unemployment benefits.
Why Are Some Countries Doing Better Than Others?
May 28 • 13 min
New data show COVID-19 is less lethal than scientists originally thought. Plus, which counties have been more successful controlling the coronavirus.
Global Vaccine Competition; More Than 100,000 Dead
May 27 • 13 min
The federal government reported a drastic increase in coronavirus cases and deaths among health care workers. Plus, the World Heath Organization warns of a second peak this summer.
99,000 People Dead And A Dire Summer Prediction
May 26 • 13 min
As the United States nears 100,000 COVID-19 deaths, many are asking what is next for the country? Researchers found excess deaths surged in communities that are already struggling.
The Cost Of Being “Essential”
May 25 • 20 min
An outbreak at a pork processing plant in South Dakota raises questions about who’s really “essential” in the pandemic.
Q & A: Vaccine Development And Kids’ Questions
May 23 • 12 min
NPR Science Correspondent Joe Palca answers listener questions about vaccine development, and kids send in their coronavirus questions.
Fauci Optimistic On Vaccine; What’s Different About Military Homecomings
May 22 • 11 min
Returning soldiers aren’t receiving the traditional homecoming thanks to the coronavirus. Plus food banks say SNAP is key to feeding America through the pandemic.
Optimism For A Vaccine; Strapped Unemployment Offices Leave Many Waiting
May 21 • 12 min
Research into possible vaccines produces promising results and local officials work to navigate the interconnected logistics around reopening.
What Contact Tracing Tells Us About High-Risk Activities
May 20 • 12 min
Researchers are looking at contact tracing data to understand which activities have high and low risks. Plus, the increasingly political debate over hydroxychloroquine.
Indoor Spread, Workers’ Anxieties, And Our Warped Sense Of Time
May 19 • 11 min
Some Americans being called back to work say they don’t feel safe. Plus, scientists are learning more about how the coronavirus spreads indoors.
Encouraging Vaccine News; Pandemic Grows More Political
May 18 • 10 min
Social scientists are concerned politicization of the coronavirus is inflaming an already divided nation. Plus, promising results from an early vaccine trial.
Q & A: Sleep Problems And Summer Childcare
May 16 • 14 min
Medical experts answer listener questions about insomnia and summer childcare.
The Government’s Vaccine Push; Businesses Struggle With Reopening Rules
May 15 • 13 min
The White House reveled new details about their push for a coronavirus vaccine Friday. Plus, as businesses start to reopen, there’s an increased demand for goods and services.
Whistleblower: U.S. Lost Valuable Time, Warns Of ‘Darkest Winter In Modern History’
May 14 • 13 min
In his testimony, whistleblower Rick Bright said the United States could have been more prepared for the coronavirus. Plus, the debate over kids returning to school.
Public Health Vs. Politics; Lessons From An Anti-Mask Protest
May 13 • 11 min
Around the country, small but vocal groups of people are pushing back against public health measures. Americans have resisted the government during a pandemic before.
Testing, Reopening Schools, Vaccines: Fauci And Others Testify
May 12 • 13 min
Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned of what could happen if states skipped over federal reopening guidelines, lifted restrictions too soon and restarted their economies too fast.
How To Stay Safe As States Reopen; The Latest on Masks
May 11 • 11 min
Lawmakers and local officials are looking for ways to communicate more effectively about the coronavirus with communities of color.
Q & A: Home Cooking And Environmental Impact
May 9 • 18 min
‘Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat’ author, chef Samin Nosrat, offers pandemic cooking advice. NPR’s Lauren Sommer discusses the environmental impact of the slowdown.
Antibodies And Immunity; Why Even Health Care Workers Are Losing Jobs
May 8 • 12 min
Scientists are trying to determine whether you’re immune from the coronavirus if you have antibodies. Plus, one state where anyone can get a test.
Track Your State’s Testing; What A Possible Mutation Means
May 7 • 13 min
Scientists are racing to understand how the coronavirus is mutating. Plus, experts say the virus was likely spread naturally and not from a lab, contradicting the White House.
More Americans Are Getting Tested, But Experts Warn Of Second Wave
May 6 • 13 min
The White House Coronavirus Task Force says they are shifting their focus to reopening. Plus, Britain is now second to the United States in deaths due to the coronavirus.
When To See A Doctor; Policing During The Pandemic
May 5 • 13 min
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he will begin easing some of the state’s closures. Plus, how policing has changed during the coronavirus pandemic.
New Cases Plateau For Now As States Chart Their Own Course
May 4 • 11 min
Coronavirus cases are still rising in some states, including ones moving to reopen. States around the country are approaching whether or not to reopen in different ways.
Q & A: Dentists, Reopening Businesses, And Contact Tracing
May 2 • 23 min
Experts discuss dental emergencies, re-opening the country and the logistics of contact tracing.
Operation Warp Speed; Essential Workers Fight For Benefits
May 1 • 12 min
On International Workers Day, essential workers at Amazon, Walmart and Target are using the occasion to organize mass protests.
Federal Stay-At-Home Guidance Ends; A Potential New Test For COVID-19
Apr 30 • 11 min
More than 30 million people in the U.S. are now unemployed. Meanwhile, a new test could help in the fight against COVID-19, but some scientists are worried about its reliability.
A Drug Could Speed Up Recovery; The Economy Declines
Apr 29 • 12 min
Wednesday morning’s first quarter-gross domestic product report shows that the economy shrank last quarter at a rate not seen since the fall of 2008.
1 Million Confirmed Coronavirus Cases In U.S.; Labs Struggle To Test Faster
Apr 28 • 12 min
Public health labs have endured budget troubles and staff shortages in the past decade. That’s now causing problems for coronavirus testing. Plus, how to start running (safely).
New Symptoms; A Missed Chance At Early Detection
Apr 27 • 11 min
Several factors cost the United States valuable time in controlling the spread of the coronavirus.
Q & A: Ethical Dilemmas And Disinfectants
Apr 25 • 15 min
Experts discuss disinfectants and ethical dilemmas in excerpts from ‘The National Conversation with All Things Considered.’
Southern States, Moving To Reopen, Could Be Most Vulnerable
Apr 24 • 12 min
The White House cast a positive light on data it shared Thursday, saying coronavirus might fade in summer. That’s not likely. Plus how to grocery shop safely.
Coronavirus Not Going Away Before Next Fall, Fauci Says
Apr 23 • 11 min
The coronavirus is not going away before next fall, and colleges are grappling with whether or not to open campuses.
Georgia’s Plan To Reopen; Anti-Shutdown Protests And Fox News
Apr 22 • 12 min
Georgia plans to reopen parts of its economy, despite guidelines from the federal government advising against doing so. Plus, what contact tracing looks like in South Korea.
More Small Business Aid; Antibody Test Results
Apr 21 • 12 min
The Paycheck Protection Program ran out within two weeks. Congress secured more funding for the program today. Plus — lessons factories can share about keeping workers safe.
Why Testing Is Still So Far Behind
Apr 20 • 11 min
President Trump’s guidelines for reopening say states must take charge of testing for the coronavirus. Governors say they can’t do it alone.
Q & A: Pets And COVID-19, Ventilators, And The View From Wuhan
Apr 18 • 20 min
Health experts and NPR journalists answer listener questions about China’s next steps, the effectiveness of ventilators, and how to care for pets.
Testing Holds States Back; Vaccine Timeline
Apr 17 • 12 min
Testing is a key barrier to states reopening. Plus how researchers hope to accelerate the timeline for a coronavirus vaccine.
New White House Guidance for When States Can Move To Reopen
Apr 16 • 11 min
What is the future of social distancing? President Trump says some states with limited cases may move to reopen.
Reopening Won’t Feel Normal; Tech Giants Plan For Contact Tracing
Apr 15 • 12 min
Stimulus checks should be arriving in some bank accounts today but millions of Americans are still waiting on delayed unemployment benefits.
Some Government Aid Checks Will Arrive This Week
Apr 14 • 11 min
80 million Americans should receive a payment from the federal government by Wednesday — their slice of the government’s coronavirus relief package. Plus a look at South Dakota.
Trump’s Unfulfilled Promises; What Contact Tracing Could Look Like
Apr 13 • 13 min
Social distancing will not end soon — or all at once. Governors are forming their own compacts. Plus, what contact tracing for the coronavirus looks like.
Q & A: Masks, Unemployment Aid, And Recovering From COVID-19
Apr 11 • 18 min
Public health experts and NPR journalists answer listener questions about masks, unemployment benefits, and managing the symptoms and recovering from COVID-19.
Some Infection Rates Drop, But U.S. Hasn’t Peaked Yet
Apr 10 • 12 min
The number of intensive care COVID-19 cases in New York dropped for the first time today. Dr. Deborah Birx said social distancing is working but U.S. hasn’t reached the peak yet.
Antibody Tests Coming “Very Soon”; Is The Coronavirus Seasonal?
Apr 9 • 12 min
Antibody tests will be available “very soon” according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, which could help people know if they’ve had COVID-19.
Social Distancing Is Working; Why The Virus Hits Hard In The Second Week
Apr 8 • 11 min
Social distancing strategies are working, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci. Plus, why the virus causes some people to crash in the second week and what’s being done to treat them.
Deaths Climb In Louisiana; Delays In Aid For Small Businesses
Apr 7 • 13 min
Small businesses are running into roadblocks with the Payment Protection Program. The coronavirus is killing African Americans in Louisiana at an alarming rate.
Fauci: Half Of Those With Coronavirus May Have No Symptoms
Apr 6 • 12 min
Experts say face coverings can help prevent individuals from spreading COVID-19, especially if they don’t know they’re carrying the virus.
Masks Now Recommended; Not All States Are ‘Staying Home’
Apr 3 • 13 min
Federal officials urge Americans not to buy masks that are needed by healthcare workers, but to cover up. Also, some states have yet to declare a stay-at-home order.
Ventilator Shortages; 6.6 Million New Unemployment Claims
Apr 2 • 12 min
While ventilators are life-saving for some with the coronavirus, they do not guarantee survival. Plus, how to get takeout and go grocery shopping safely.
The Mask Debate; Preventing More New York-Sized Clusters
Apr 1 • 12 min
The White House coronavirus task force announced a new goal of holding U.S. deaths to 100,000. Plus, conflicting guidance about face masks and symptoms of COVID-19.
Trump And Governors Mix Messages; Managing Your Mortgage Or Rent
Mar 31 • 13 min
President Trump and state governors are sending mixed messages about how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Plus financial tips if you’ve lost your job.
Social Distancing Extended; Grocery Store Tips
Mar 30 • 12 min
Social distancing guidelines in the United States are extended until April 30. Plus, tips on how to grocery shop safely.
Trump Signs Aid Package, Epicenter Is Now The U.S.
Mar 27 • 10 min
Nearly 100,000 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in the U.S., making it the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. Cash payments are coming to Americans.
Unemployment Claims Hit Record as Testing Grows — But Is It Fast Enough?
Mar 26 • 11 min
Unemployment claims soar to nearly 3.3 million as testing for Covid-19 expands in the US. Also, why that testing is critical.
Details Emerge On Senate’s $2 Trillion Rescue Package
Mar 25 • 12 min
It would be the largest such package in American history. The Governor of New York says more is needed.
New York City, U.S. Epicenter, Braces For Peak
Mar 24 • 12 min
Governor Andrew Cuomo said the pandemic could peak in New York in the next 14-21 days — around the same time President Trump said he’d love to “open” the economy.
The Cost Of Social Distancing
Mar 23 • 12 min
As more and more states urge residents to stay home, how do officials weigh the economic cost against the public health benefit?
CA, NY On Lockdown; Mortgage Relief For Some Homeowners
Mar 20 • 11 min
Two of the hardest-hit states — New York and California — order residents to stay home. Plus what the World Health Organization is still learning about the coronvairus.
GOP Senator Raised Virus Alarms Weeks Ago — In Private
Mar 19 • 12 min
U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, in a private luncheon, compared the coronavirus to the 1918 flu. NPR’s Tim Mak obtained a secret recording.
Why U.S. Coronavirus Cases Are About To Rise Dramatically
Mar 18 • 12 min
Why officials expect the number of cases to climb dramatically in the coming days.
Introducing NPR’s Daily Update On Coronavirus News
Mar 17 • 0 min
A new daily podcast to follow the latest news on the pandemic, the public health fight against it, and how the world is coping.