Asked and answered: What readers want to know about coronavirus


The data in this story was last updated on Nov. 6, 2020.

The novel coronavirus is changing how we live our lives. Since the spring, The Washington Post has catalogued and organized 13,202 questions about the pandemic from our readers. Using those questions, we created this guide below. Many of the questions fall into common themes, and this guide provides links to past reporting in those frequently referenced topic areas.

This guide is no longer being updated as of Friday, November 6. For the latest reporting on the coronavirus pandemic, please go here. You can also sign up to get daily updates on the virus to your inbox. Thank you for reading.

The Post has collected 0 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.


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 affect 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 has 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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