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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 11,260 questions about the respiratory disease and provided a guide to help you find the answers you seek. Many of the questions fell 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 the disease impacts individuals to the broad impact on society as we know it.

You can keep asking us questions here.

The Post has collected 524 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.

how-it-spreads

-37% less interest over last 4 weeks How it spreads

testing-immunity

-26% less interest over last 4 weeks Testing & immunity

mortality-rate-cases

-17% less interest over last 4 weeks Mortality rate & cases

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

tracking-the-virus

-40% less interest over last 4 weeks Tracking the virus

characteristics-of-coronavirus

-45% less interest over last 4 weeks Characteristics of coronavirus

masks

-63% less interest over last 4 weeks Masks

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

state-federal-response

-60% less interest over last 4 weeks State & federal response

vaccines-treatments

-46% less interest over last 4 weeks Vaccines & treatments

cleaning-sanitation

+42% more interest over last 4 weeks Cleaning & sanitation

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

symptoms

-24% less interest over last 4 weeks Symptoms

social-distancing

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks Social distancing

grade-school

-30% less interest over last 4 weeks Grade school

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

travel

-59% less interest over last 4 weeks Travel

seniors

-37% less interest over last 4 weeks Seniors

pandemic-science-history

+7% more interest over last 4 weeks Pandemic science & history

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

preexisting-medical-conditions

-22% less interest over last 4 weeks Preexisting medical conditions

staying-healthy

-36% less interest over last 4 weeks Staying healthy

societal-change

+83% more interest over last 4 weeks Societal change

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

jobs-the-economy

-19% less interest over last 4 weeks Jobs & the economy

trumps-response-to-coronavirus

-77% less interest over last 4 weeks Trump’s response to coronavirus

misinformation

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Misinformation

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

supply-demand

+16% more interest over last 4 weeks Supply & demand

shopping-dining

-13% less interest over last 4 weeks Shopping & dining

international-impact-response

-40% less interest over last 4 weeks International impact & response

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

hospital-capacity-ppe

-15% less interest over last 4 weeks Hospital capacity & PPE

personal-finance

-59% less interest over last 4 weeks Personal finance

flu-cold-season

100% more interest over last 4 weeks Flu & cold season

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

grocery-takeout

-43% less interest over last 4 weeks Grocery & takeout

college

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks College

essential-workers

-67% less interest over last 4 weeks Essential workers

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

summer-plans

+50% more interest over last 4 weeks Summer plans

health-care

-70% less interest over last 4 weeks Health care

life-at-home

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks Life at home

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

stay-at-home-orders-reopening

-75% less interest over last 4 weeks Stay-at-home orders & reopening

parenting

-63% less interest over last 4 weeks Parenting

stimulus

-63% less interest over last 4 weeks Stimulus

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

prisons

100% more interest over last 4 weeks Prisons

public-transportation

100% more interest over last 4 weeks Public transportation

elections

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks Elections

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

exercise-gyms

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks Exercise & gyms

pets

-75% less interest over last 4 weeks Pets

race

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks Race

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

how-to-help

100% more interest over last 4 weeks How to help

protests

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks Protests

going-to-work

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks Going to work

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

mental-health

100% more interest over last 4 weeks Mental health

Resources

The coronavirus mainly spreads person to person through respiratory droplets when a person talks, coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. Washing your hands with soap and water can help reduce the spread of the virus. If you’d like to learn more, read here:

Why outbreaks like the coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states

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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