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Cars cross 42th Street as rain falls on New York City. President Trump considered, and then dropped, a proposed quarantine of New York state, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut. Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A President Is Not Able To Order A National Quarantine, Experts Say

President Trump floated ordering a quarantine in the Northeast, and there are calls for a national stay-at-home order. But the president's powers are limited.

Garrett Ward sprays disinfectant behind a plexiglass panel at a Hy-Vee grocery store in Overland Park, Kan., on March 26. Stores have begun installing the shields in checkout aisles to protect clerks and help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Grocery Workers Keep America Fed, While Fearing For Their Own Safety

Many low-wage workers with essential jobs — like grocery store cashiers and stockers — can't stay home to protect themselves and their families. The protections they receive vary widely.

President Trump at a campaign rally in Charlotte, N.C., on March 2. Trump has not been able to hold rallies since then due to the coronavirus pandemic and his campaign has re-tooled itself to reach voters online. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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His Signature Rallies Are Off, So Here's How Trump's Campaign Has Moved Online

Rallies where President Trump would tout a booming economy were to be central to his 2020 reelection campaign. The coronavirus has changed everything.

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Wellness Matrix Group has claimed to sell an at-home coronavirus test that is "FDA Approved." But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says, "the FDA has not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19." Al Drago/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images hide caption

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California Company Under Scrutiny For 'At-Home' Coronavirus Test Claims

The Wellness Matrix Group has offered customers an "at-home kit" for coronavirus testing that is "FDA Approved." But the agency has not approved any such tests, and customers say they feel scammed.

Exclusive: California Company Under Scrutiny For 'At-Home' Coronavirus Test Claims

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Englewood Beach in Charlotte County, Fla., was crowded on March 20. Public gatherings like these will be prohibited in Florida beginning Thursday. Thomas O'Neill/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Florida Governor Orders Statewide Lockdown

After days of pressure, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered a statewide lockdown Wednesday. Florida had been the lone holdout among states most affected by the coronavirus in not having a stay-at-home order.

Israeli police officers wearing protective gloves and masks check papers as they enforce restrictions in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem on Tuesday, during a partial lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus infection. Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Israel Faces Challenges In Fighting Coronavirus In Ultra-Orthodox Communities

Ultra-Orthodox Jews make up about 12% of Israel's population — but account for many of Israel's COVID-19 cases. This week a senior rabbi finally urged his followers to obey government lockdown orders.

Israel Faces Challenges In Fighting Coronavirus In Ultra-Orthodox Communities

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Bishop Michael Boulette exits San Fernando Cathedral after leading a televised service to an empty church in San Antonio, Texas on March 29. Due to the coronavirus outbreak churches in the area are closed and many are televising services or holding services online. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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States Consider Whether Religious Services Qualify As 'Essential'

Some see Government bans on large public gatherings as attacks on religious freedom when they are applied to houses of worship.

Online video conferencing is just one way mourning families are learning to cope and connect at a time when large funeral gatherings are strongly discouraged due to social distancing guidelines. Eva-Katalin/Getty Images hide caption

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Social Distancing Means Mourners Must Find New Ways To Cope And Connect

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With limits on social gatherings, Americans have to mourn their dead through online memorials and virtual funerals.

Social Distancing Means Mourners Must Find New Ways To Cope And Connect

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Here's How To Pick A College During Coronavirus

The pandemic is making college decisions more complicated. We answer the burning questions: How do I get my final transcripts if my school is closed? How do I decide on a school I can't visit? What if I need more financial aid than I thought I did?

Here's How To Pick A College During Coronavirus

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"I wouldn't say I was head over heels. I mean, I barely knew the guy. But, somehow, I had this feeling that he was going to be the one. Or at least I really, really hoped he was." Andrews McMeel Publishing hide caption

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Want To Hear A Frank, Funny 'Muslim Love Story'? 'That Can Be Arranged'

In her graphic memoir, cartoonist Huda Fahmy explains how her parents played a role in her romantic relationships. She hopes her book is representation "for people who want to find love in this way."

Want To Hear A Frank, Funny 'Muslim Love Story'? 'That Can Be Arranged'

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A box of Zantac tablets sits at a pharmacy in Miami Beach, Fla. On Wednesday, U.S. health regulators ordered that the popular heartburn drug be pulled from the market. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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FDA Says Zantac Should Be Pulled From Market, Citing Cancer Risk

Major pharmacies had already pulled the popular heartburn drug and its generic equivalents due to a contaminant. Now the Food and Drug Administration says definitively they should not be sold or used.

The U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier is pictured off Manila Bay in 2018. The captain, facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus, asked the Pentagon for permission to move most of his crew to shore. Bullit Marquez/AP hide caption

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Top Navy Brass Defend Response To Virus-Stricken Carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt

Responding to a scathing critique from the commander of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier, Navy officials were on the defensive at a Pentagon news conference.

A family in Kent, England, posted a parody of the song "One Day More" from Les Misérables, with new words about their life under strict lockdown measures in the U.K. due to the coronavirus. Screengrab by NPR/Ben Marsh on Facebook hide caption

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U.K. Family's Lockdown-Themed Rendition Of 'Les Mis' Is A Delight

The family wrote new lyrics based on their own frustrations: friends unseen, soccer games canceled, grandparents who can't figure out Skype. The video has been viewed more than seven million times.

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They Were Roommates: Meet The Band Writing Songs From A Quarantined Apartment

Three roommates in Spain, who call themselves Stay Homas, are using their skills as professional musicians to come out with a new song about the coronavirus every day as they self-quarantine.

They Were Roommates: Meet The Band Writing Songs From Its Quarantined Apartment

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

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Atlantic writer Ed Yong warned of a global pandemic two years ago. He says scientists are still working to understand how COVID-19 travels through air — and whether more of us should be wearing masks.

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

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A pedestrian walks past a closed Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill restaurant in Los Angeles, CA. President Trump has suggested changing tax deductibility law as a way of helping the restaurant industry. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump Offers Drowning Restaurant Industry One Solution: Tax Deductions

The restaurant industry has been scrambling for solutions to save itself during the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump has floated the idea of changing a provision in the 2017 tax law.

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