CORONAVIRUS SPECIAL EDITION: Can DIY masks really protect you?

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The Coronavirus Pandemic
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What you should know about DIY masks and ventilators
Here's what scientists and health care workers say about making homemade protective gear and medical supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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STAY INFORMED: The latest facts and figures about coronavirus +
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A Baltimore nurse documents life on the front lines
Rosem Morton, who is also a photographer and National Geographic Explorer, chronicles her day-to-day experiences—from being fit for an N95 mask to worrying about her hours—as she and her colleagues brace for the pandemic.
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How do infections like the coronavirus jump from animals to people?
Zoonotic diseases kill millions of people every year. Here's where they come from and how to avoid them.
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Other coverage
Do you need to wash your groceries? And other advice for shopping safely (The Guardian)  ››
What New York looked like during the 1918 flu pandemic (NYT)  ››
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What did people do before toilet paper?
Archaeologists have done plenty of interesting dirty work as they document how people from various cultures wiped themselves back in the day.
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How hard will the coronavirus hit the travel industry?
Taking a snapshot of tourism losses is difficult, as the data changes as quickly as the virus spreads.
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Rats come out of hiding as lockdowns eliminate urban trash
With less litter on the ground and garbage in Dumpsters behind restaurants, rats are seeking food elsewhere.
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