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 12,881 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 323 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.

trumps-response-to-coronavirus

+66% more interest over last 4 weeks Trump’s response to coronavirus

vaccines-treatments

-14% less interest over last 4 weeks Vaccines & treatments

characteristics-of-coronavirus

+26% more interest over last 4 weeks Characteristics of coronavirus

Resources

Since February, Trump has said the coronavirus will go away. Americans give Trump negative ratings for his handling of the pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more about the White House’s response below:

Trump’s quotes on covid-19 show how his response has changed over time

Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans

34 times Trump said the coronavirus would go away

how-it-spreads

-44% less interest over last 4 weeks How it spreads

tracking-the-virus

-47% less interest over last 4 weeks Tracking the virus

testing-immunity

-23% less interest over last 4 weeks Testing & immunity

Resources

Since February, Trump has said the coronavirus will go away. Americans give Trump negative ratings for his handling of the pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more about the White House’s response below:

Trump’s quotes on covid-19 show how his response has changed over time

Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans

34 times Trump said the coronavirus would go away

masks

-48% less interest over last 4 weeks Masks

symptoms

+30% more interest over last 4 weeks Symptoms

mortality-rate-cases

-48% less interest over last 4 weeks Mortality rate & cases

Resources

Since February, Trump has said the coronavirus will go away. Americans give Trump negative ratings for his handling of the pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more about the White House’s response below:

Trump’s quotes on covid-19 show how his response has changed over time

Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans

34 times Trump said the coronavirus would go away

international-impact-response

-9% less interest over last 4 weeks International impact & response

state-federal-response

-58% less interest over last 4 weeks State & federal response

social-distancing

-48% less interest over last 4 weeks Social distancing

Resources

Since February, Trump has said the coronavirus will go away. Americans give Trump negative ratings for his handling of the pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more about the White House’s response below:

Trump’s quotes on covid-19 show how his response has changed over time

Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans

34 times Trump said the coronavirus would go away

staying-healthy

-43% less interest over last 4 weeks Staying healthy

cleaning-sanitation

-46% less interest over last 4 weeks Cleaning & sanitation

flu-cold-season

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Flu & cold season

Resources

Since February, Trump has said the coronavirus will go away. Americans give Trump negative ratings for his handling of the pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more about the White House’s response below:

Trump’s quotes on covid-19 show how his response has changed over time

Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans

34 times Trump said the coronavirus would go away

seniors

-34% less interest over last 4 weeks Seniors

fall-winter-activities

+100% more interest over last 4 weeks Fall & winter activities

misinformation

+66% more interest over last 4 weeks Misinformation

Resources

Since February, Trump has said the coronavirus will go away. Americans give Trump negative ratings for his handling of the pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more about the White House’s response below:

Trump’s quotes on covid-19 show how his response has changed over time

Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans

34 times Trump said the coronavirus would go away

stay-at-home-orders-reopening

+25% more interest over last 4 weeks Stay-at-home orders & reopening

preexisting-medical-conditions

-45% less interest over last 4 weeks Preexisting medical conditions

health-care

+100% more interest over last 4 weeks Health care

Resources

Since February, Trump has said the coronavirus will go away. Americans give Trump negative ratings for his handling of the pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more about the White House’s response below:

Trump’s quotes on covid-19 show how his response has changed over time

Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans

34 times Trump said the coronavirus would go away

hospital-capacity-ppe

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Hospital capacity & PPE

pandemic-science-history

+50% more interest over last 4 weeks Pandemic science & history

supply-demand

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Supply & demand

Resources

Since February, Trump has said the coronavirus will go away. Americans give Trump negative ratings for his handling of the pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more about the White House’s response below:

Trump’s quotes on covid-19 show how his response has changed over time

Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans

34 times Trump said the coronavirus would go away

college

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks College

grocery-takeout

+100% more interest over last 4 weeks Grocery & takeout

travel

-90% less interest over last 4 weeks Travel

Resources

Since February, Trump has said the coronavirus will go away. Americans give Trump negative ratings for his handling of the pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more about the White House’s response below:

Trump’s quotes on covid-19 show how his response has changed over time

Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans

34 times Trump said the coronavirus would go away

exercise-gyms

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Exercise & gyms

jobs-the-economy

+100% more interest over last 4 weeks Jobs & the economy

shopping-dining

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks Shopping & dining

Resources

Since February, Trump has said the coronavirus will go away. Americans give Trump negative ratings for his handling of the pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more about the White House’s response below:

Trump’s quotes on covid-19 show how his response has changed over time

Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans

34 times Trump said the coronavirus would go away

societal-change

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks Societal change

life-at-home

-75% less interest over last 4 weeks Life at home

stimulus

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Stimulus

Resources

Since February, Trump has said the coronavirus will go away. Americans give Trump negative ratings for his handling of the pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more about the White House’s response below:

Trump’s quotes on covid-19 show how his response has changed over time

Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans

34 times Trump said the coronavirus would go away

grade-school

-84% less interest over last 4 weeks Grade school

personal-finance

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks Personal finance

summer-plans

100% more interest over last 4 weeks Summer plans

Resources

Since February, Trump has said the coronavirus will go away. Americans give Trump negative ratings for his handling of the pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more about the White House’s response below:

Trump’s quotes on covid-19 show how his response has changed over time

Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans

34 times Trump said the coronavirus would go away

elections

-67% less interest over last 4 weeks Elections

essential-workers

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Essential workers

Resources

Since February, Trump has said the coronavirus will go away. Americans give Trump negative ratings for his handling of the pandemic, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Read more about the White House’s response below:

Trump’s quotes on covid-19 show how his response has changed over time

Trump says he knew coronavirus was ‘deadly’ and worse than the flu while intentionally misleading Americans

34 times Trump said the coronavirus would go away

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 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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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/iStock.