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 13,202 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 answers in 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 coronavirus causes, affects individuals to the broad impact on society as we know it.

You can keep asking us questions here.

The Post has collected 388 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

+31% more interest over last 4 weeks How it spreads

characteristics-of-coronavirus

+54% more interest over last 4 weeks Characteristics of coronavirus

vaccines-treatments

+48% more interest over last 4 weeks Vaccines & treatments

Resources

(Last updated: Nov. 6) 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:

Can an air purifier help protect you against the coronavirus?

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

mortality-rate-cases

+146% more interest over last 4 weeks Mortality rate & cases

testing-immunity

+39% more interest over last 4 weeks Testing & immunity

social-distancing

+80% more interest over last 4 weeks Social distancing

Resources

(Last updated: Nov. 6) 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:

Can an air purifier help protect you against the coronavirus?

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

state-federal-response

+28% more interest over last 4 weeks State & federal response

staying-healthy

+63% more interest over last 4 weeks Staying healthy

cleaning-sanitation

+25% more interest over last 4 weeks Cleaning & sanitation

Resources

(Last updated: Nov. 6) 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:

Can an air purifier help protect you against the coronavirus?

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

masks

-38% less interest over last 4 weeks Masks

shopping-dining

+225% more interest over last 4 weeks Shopping & dining

fall-winter-activities

-27% less interest over last 4 weeks Fall & winter activities

Resources

(Last updated: Nov. 6) 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:

Can an air purifier help protect you against the coronavirus?

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

international-impact-response

+22% more interest over last 4 weeks International impact & response

travel

+120% more interest over last 4 weeks Travel

symptoms

-10% less interest over last 4 weeks Symptoms

Resources

(Last updated: Nov. 6) 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:

Can an air purifier help protect you against the coronavirus?

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

tracking-the-virus

-62% less interest over last 4 weeks Tracking the virus

trumps-response-to-coronavirus

-83% less interest over last 4 weeks Trump’s response to coronavirus

flu-cold-season

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

Resources

(Last updated: Nov. 6) 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:

Can an air purifier help protect you against the coronavirus?

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

seniors

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Seniors

grade-school

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Grade school

exercise-gyms

+100% more interest over last 4 weeks Exercise & gyms

Resources

(Last updated: Nov. 6) 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:

Can an air purifier help protect you against the coronavirus?

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

health-care

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Health care

jobs-the-economy

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Jobs & the economy

grocery-takeout

-40% less interest over last 4 weeks Grocery & takeout

Resources

(Last updated: Nov. 6) 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:

Can an air purifier help protect you against the coronavirus?

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

going-to-work

100% more interest over last 4 weeks Going to work

societal-change

+100% more interest over last 4 weeks Societal change

life-at-home

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Life at home

Resources

(Last updated: Nov. 6) 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:

Can an air purifier help protect you against the coronavirus?

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

pandemic-science-history

-67% less interest over last 4 weeks Pandemic science & history

how-to-help

100% more interest over last 4 weeks How to help

stay-at-home-orders-reopening

-84% less interest over last 4 weeks Stay-at-home orders & reopening

Resources

(Last updated: Nov. 6) 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:

Can an air purifier help protect you against the coronavirus?

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

elections

-75% less interest over last 4 weeks Elections

college

-67% less interest over last 4 weeks College

misinformation

-75% less interest over last 4 weeks Misinformation

Resources

(Last updated: Nov. 6) 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:

Can an air purifier help protect you against the coronavirus?

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

personal-finance

0% unchanged interest over last 4 weeks Personal finance

stimulus

-50% less interest over last 4 weeks Stimulus

mental-health

100% more interest over last 4 weeks Mental health

Resources

(Last updated: Nov. 6) 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:

Can an air purifier help protect you against the coronavirus?

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

hospital-capacity-ppe

-80% less interest over last 4 weeks Hospital capacity & PPE

supply-demand

-67% less interest over last 4 weeks Supply & demand

preexisting-medical-conditions

-67% less interest over last 4 weeks Preexisting medical conditions

Resources

(Last updated: Nov. 6) 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:

Can an air purifier help protect you against the coronavirus?

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

Genetic data shows how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation

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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