As the coronavirus pandemic upends work, travel and home life, the rules are shifting for what people can and can’t do in their daily lives. The WSJ is continuously updating advice and information on how to stay safe, healthy and connected and how to help others. Here’s our latest news, answering your questions:
Readers are asking how to practice social distancing, which kinds of interactions they can have with those they care about and the best ways to get exercise outside. Your Health columnist Sumathi Reddy has this updated rundown answering many of these questions. We’ve also got a rundown on what coronavirus testing and treatment cost. Read more here.
One of the most common questions from readers is how to be of service in the middle of an emergency. We will write regular updates on how to help, starting with this piece on how to give blood at a time when donations are badly needed. Read more here.
Experts say it’s important to still get exercise while we’re hunkered down. We found these specially designed workouts you can do at home for beginners or gym rats with different amounts of space and equipment. Read more here.
As the new coronavirus continues to spread, having an optimally functioning immune system is more important than ever. Sumathi Reddy checked in with medical professionals who offer these proven approaches to keeping it strong. Read more here.
As the virus keeps people away from restaurants and grocery stores, more people are turning to deliveries. There’s more risk of catching the virus from person-to-person contact during a delivery than from packaging. Social distancing can mitigate this risk, and deliveries tend to be safer than going to restaurants or grocery stores. Read more here.
Workplace efforts to contain the outbreak’s spread are raising a new set of questions for employees and employers. We dig into questions about what bosses can legally ask of their workers and much more. Read more here.
Rarely have so many people given so much thought at one time to how much they clean their homes. We have guidelines culled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and elsewhere on the spots in your house to focus on most and mistakes to avoid. Read more here.
How high a priority should regular cleaning of your cellphone be? Three leading experts on microbiology and infectious disease who spoke with our tech columnist, Joanna Stern, say they don’t do it often. Still, coronavirus can live on your phone. Stern has some basic lessons for what you can do—and not do—with that petri dish we all carry around. Read more here.
Panicked because the Purell’s out? Remain calm, and heed these tips from tech columnist Nicole Nguyen. One piece of advice: Instacart can show up-to-date information on what’s in stock when other sources prove less reliable. Read more here.
Misleading information about Covid-19 spreads through texts and emails—but you can protect yourself from specious claims and reports. Nicole Nguyen has tips to get through this “infodemic.” Read more here.
In troubled times, many people find comfort in spiritual communion. But with government officials restricting large public gatherings, houses of worship are moving online. A service broadcast over Facebook Live, YouTube or Zoom may never fully replicate the experience of one in a church, mosque or synagogue, but religious leaders are finding ways to offer their congregants spiritual comfort. Read more here.
One of the most challenging obstacles right now for parents is how to keep their children engaged when they’re stuck in the house much more than normal. Family tech columnist Julie Jargon offers tech solutions for kids’ complaints of boredom, things to keep them moving, playing, meditating and learning. We also surveyed more than a dozen screen sages for a list of documentaries, animated titles, online games and other digital offerings to help working parents navigate the coming weeks. Read more here.
Across the country, many colleges are closing their campuses, forcing students back home—and creating unusual challenges for parents, many of whom are homebound themselves. Families are juggling conflicting schedules, tight spaces and worries that kids have been exposed to the virus and will also expose the household. We spoke with parents about how they’re making it work, from nightly candlelight dinners to a family collage. We also have advice on how to suspend payments on student loans. Read more here.
Viewers are compiling therapeutic lineups of movies and TV shows to help make them feel better during the crisis. These suggestions may help. WSJ film critic Joe Morgenstern has these ideas for people who are missing movie theaters. Ellen Gamerman complies a list of books for people (and there are a surprisingly high number of them) who want to lean into a pandemic-themed story. And we’ve also looked into how people are dating in these complicated times. Read more here.
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