Asked and answered: What readers want to know about coronavirus

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The novel coronavirus is changing how we live our lives, and our readers have questions. The Washington Post has catalogued and organized 12,260 questions about the pandemic and provided a guide to help you find the answers. Many of the questions fall into common themes, and this guide provides links to reporting that holds the answers to those frequently referenced topic areas. This guide is updated twice a day and reordered with the most frequently asked-about subject areas, from how covid-19, the disease the virus causes, affects individuals to the broad impact on society as we know it.

You can keep asking us questions here.

The Post has collected 313 new questions in the last 14 days. Categories are organized by frequency of most recent questions. Change in interest is based on questions asked in the last 4 weeks.

vaccines-treatments

+47% more interest over last 4 weeks Vaccines & treatments

tracking-the-virus

-25% less interest over last 4 weeks Tracking the virus

how-it-spreads

-41% less interest over last 4 weeks How it spreads

Resources

Scientists are working at a record-breaking speed to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. At least seven vaccines are in a third phase of testing before approval. To learn more, read below:

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?

How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

characteristics-of-coronavirus

-18% less interest over last 4 weeks Characteristics of coronavirus

testing-immunity

-44% less interest over last 4 weeks Testing & immunity

state-federal-response

-29% less interest over last 4 weeks State & federal response

Resources

Scientists are working at a record-breaking speed to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. At least seven vaccines are in a third phase of testing before approval. To learn more, read below:

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?

How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

travel

+27% more interest over last 4 weeks Travel

masks

-52% less interest over last 4 weeks Masks

mortality-rate-cases

-52% less interest over last 4 weeks Mortality rate & cases

Resources

Scientists are working at a record-breaking speed to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. At least seven vaccines are in a third phase of testing before approval. To learn more, read below:

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?

How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

trumps-response-to-coronavirus

-25% less interest over last 4 weeks Trump’s response to coronavirus

social-distancing

-43% less interest over last 4 weeks Social distancing

grade-school

+100% more interest over last 4 weeks Grade school

Resources

Scientists are working at a record-breaking speed to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. At least seven vaccines are in a third phase of testing before approval. To learn more, read below:

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?

How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

symptoms

+100% more interest over last 4 weeks Symptoms

cleaning-sanitation

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks Cleaning & sanitation

staying-healthy

-31% less interest over last 4 weeks Staying healthy

Resources

Scientists are working at a record-breaking speed to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. At least seven vaccines are in a third phase of testing before approval. To learn more, read below:

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?

How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

preexisting-medical-conditions

-23% less interest over last 4 weeks Preexisting medical conditions

flu-cold-season

-13% less interest over last 4 weeks Flu & cold season

health-care

+75% more interest over last 4 weeks Health care

Resources

Scientists are working at a record-breaking speed to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. At least seven vaccines are in a third phase of testing before approval. To learn more, read below:

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?

How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

stay-at-home-orders-reopening

+39% more interest over last 4 weeks Stay-at-home orders & reopening

seniors

+16% more interest over last 4 weeks Seniors

international-impact-response

-17% less interest over last 4 weeks International impact & response

Resources

Scientists are working at a record-breaking speed to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. At least seven vaccines are in a third phase of testing before approval. To learn more, read below:

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?

How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

personal-finance

-25% less interest over last 4 weeks Personal finance

elections

-58% less interest over last 4 weeks Elections

Resources

Scientists are working at a record-breaking speed to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. At least seven vaccines are in a third phase of testing before approval. To learn more, read below:

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?

How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

shopping-dining

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Shopping & dining

pandemic-science-history

-58% less interest over last 4 weeks Pandemic science & history

college

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks College

Resources

Scientists are working at a record-breaking speed to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. At least seven vaccines are in a third phase of testing before approval. To learn more, read below:

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?

How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

hospital-capacity-ppe

-67% less interest over last 4 weeks Hospital capacity & PPE

essential-workers

+100% more interest over last 4 weeks Essential workers

exercise-gyms

-67% less interest over last 4 weeks Exercise & gyms

Resources

Scientists are working at a record-breaking speed to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. At least seven vaccines are in a third phase of testing before approval. To learn more, read below:

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?

How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

environment

100% more interest over last 4 weeks Environment

misinformation

-34% less interest over last 4 weeks Misinformation

jobs-the-economy

-60% less interest over last 4 weeks Jobs & the economy

Resources

Scientists are working at a record-breaking speed to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. At least seven vaccines are in a third phase of testing before approval. To learn more, read below:

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?

How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

societal-change

100% more interest over last 4 weeks Societal change

supply-demand

100% more interest over last 4 weeks Supply & demand

pets

100% more interest over last 4 weeks Pets

Resources

Scientists are working at a record-breaking speed to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. At least seven vaccines are in a third phase of testing before approval. To learn more, read below:

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?

How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

public-transportation

100% more interest over last 4 weeks Public transportation

grocery-takeout

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Grocery & takeout

stimulus

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks Stimulus

Resources

Scientists are working at a record-breaking speed to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. At least seven vaccines are in a third phase of testing before approval. To learn more, read below:

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?

How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

race

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks Race

parenting

-67% less interest over last 4 weeks Parenting

Resources

Scientists are working at a record-breaking speed to create a vaccine for the coronavirus. At least seven vaccines are in a third phase of testing before approval. To learn more, read below:

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?

How false hope spread about hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19 — and the consequences that followed

Methodology

Wondering how this works? Here's an explanation:

Tell The Post what you want to know about the virus.

Reporters are interested in any questions about the virus, but it’s helpful to ask a question that addresses a common dilemma caused by the pandemic. You can also ask about how something works, such as contact tracing, antibody tests or respirator masks. If you’re comfortable doing so, please explain why you’re asking the question and how the answer may impact your life.

A Post journalist will read your question.

We’re reading every query and categorizing questions into topic areas, such as “masks,” “stay-at-home” or “symptoms.” The categories help us understand what topics people may have the most questions about and how that’s changed over time. A reporter may also email or call you to get more context regarding your submission.

We’ll send questions to different parts of the newsroom.

When we notice trends or find a question worth answering on its own, we’ll send those submissions to the appropriate team in the newsroom.

A reader’s question may inform reporting efforts that are already underway. In some cases, a question will become the basis for an entire article. If we answer your question directly, we’ll email you.

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Written by Teddy Amenabar. Curated by Teddy Amenabar, Eliza Goren, Tom Johnson, Steven Johnson and Nia Decaille. Edited by Everdeen Mason. Designed and development by Jake Crump. Illustrated by Luerat Satichob/istockphoto.com.