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US could become global epicenter
Test, test, test
A coronavirus test can be developed in 24 hours. So why are some countries still struggling to diagnose? One German scientist created a coronavirus test in January to give countries outside China a head start on the battle against the virus. Three months later, many have squandered that opportunity, reports Julia Hollingsworth
And, as scientists try to break down data on deaths, another finding: coronavirus may be killing more men than women. Why? Researchers say it could be down to smoking, drinking and general poor health. While insights like these are crucial to how we fight the virus, the US is not releasing the basic nationwide data needed to understand who is most vulnerable, according to a CNN analysis
Stop having coronavirus parties
A group of young adults held a "coronavirus party" in Kentucky to defy orders to socially distance. Now one of them has the disease
. It's a clear signal that no one is invincible. While Covid-19 has been more deadly for older people, and those with underlying health issues, officials are imploring everyone to practice social distancing, as asymptomatic carriers of the virus can contribute to its swift, silent spread.
Presidents downplay virus warnings
Brazilians have been tricked by the media over a "little flu," according to President Jair Bolsonaro. Families should still go out to eat despite coronavirus fears, says Mexico's President Andres Manul Lopez Obrador. And Nicaragua's leader Daniel Ortega has all but disappeared, while political marches and rallies continue.
As global leaders race to contain the pandemic, a triumvirate of denial has emerged in Latin America, with the leaders of Brazil, Mexico and Nicaragua downplaying the danger of a looming outbreak, Matt Rivers and Natalie Galln report
She put off having children to compete at Tokyo 2020. Now it's postponed
. As the Olympic and Paralympic movement grapples with the postponement of the Summer Games, Mallory Weggemann offers a powerful example of mental fortitude. "As Paralympic athletes this is our job," Weggemann told CNN Sport. "We are constantly in a fight with our bodies and we are constantly finding ways to adapt."
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