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Millions of unused cloth masks remain in storage in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Tens of millions of unpopular cloth masks produced as an anti-coronavirus measure under former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remain unused and are being kept in a private storage fac...

Florida's top doctor refuses mask, is told to leave meeting

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's top health official was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, officials have ...

What’s the latest advice on the type of mask I should wear?

NEW YORK (AP) — What’s the latest advice on the type of mask I should wear? It depends on your situation, but health officials say it should cover your nose and mouth, and fit snugly...

Pediatricians group warns of COVID-19 spread among children

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The rise of the delta variant and beginning of the school year have dramatically increased the risks children face during the coronavirus pandemic, a group of pediatricians sai...

AP-NORC poll: Virus fears linger for vaccinated older adults

NEW YORK (AP) — Bronwyn Russell wears a mask anytime she leaves her Illinois home, though she wouldn’t dream of going out to eat or to hear a band play, much less setting foot on a plane. In Virginia,...

Coronavirus: How the pandemic is hitting North Korea hard

North Korea was one of the first countries in the world to effectively seal its borders with the outside world in January 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world. Now more than a year ...

After pandemic year, weary world looks back -- and forward

No one has been untouched. Not the Michigan woman who awakened one morning, her wife dead by her side. Not the domestic worker in Mozambique, her livelihood threatened by the virus. ...

After pandemic year, weary world looks back -- and forward

No one has been untouched. Not the Michigan woman who awakened one morning, her wife dead by her side. Not the domestic worker in Mozambique, her livelihood threatened by the virus. ...

Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in 'equity' push

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to distribute millions of face masks to Americans in communities hard-hit by the coronavirus, as part of his efforts to ensure “equity” in the government's ...

Czechs tighten restrictions amid surge of new virus variant

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government moved Friday to further tighten restrictive measures amid a surge of a highly contagious coronavirus variant in one of the hardest-hit European Union’s nations. ...

Does wearing two masks provide more protection?

Does wearing two masks provide more protection? It depends, but it’s possible that doubling up could help in some situations. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control a...

The Latest: Thailand ups restrictions amid virus outbreak

BANGKOK — Thailand's government says it is tightening restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus as the country logged another 527 new cases. Officials said Tuesday...

Iranian women's group empowers amid pandemic by making masks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic ravages Iran, home to the Mideast’s worst outbreak, a women’s group hopes to empower its members by helping them make and sell face masks. ...

Flying from Johannesburg to Paris, one hotspot to another

PARIS (AP) — The security officer pointing the thermometer barely glanced, but wished the traveler a “Happy Holiday.” The luggage wrappers day-dreamed of better times, and the list of departing flight...

Debunked COVID-19 myths survive online, despite facts

CHICAGO (AP) — From speculation that the coronavirus was created in a lab to hoax cures, an overwhelming amount of false information clung to COVID-19 as it circled the globe in 2020. ...