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Grieving and Saying Goodbye in the Time of Coronavirus

In this 2011 family photo provided by Dawn Bouska, Charles Recka and his wife, Patricia Recka, pose for a photo at a banquet in Naperville, Illinois. Charles Recka died on March 12, 2020. (Courtesy of Dawn Bouska via AP)

An untold number of burials around the globe go forward with nothing more than a priest, a funeral home employee and a single loved one amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Chaos, Inconsistency Mark Launch of Drive-Thru Virus Testing

In this Thursday, March 19, 2020 file photo, medical personnel conduct drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing at a hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

More than a week after President Donald Trump promised that states and retail stores such as Walmart and CVS would open drive-thru test centers, few sites are up and running, and they’re not yet open to the general public. 

Quarantinis Anyone? Happy Hours Go Virtual Amid Coronavirus Crisis

In this March 16, 2020 photo provided by Jamie Lee Finch, a laptop on a desk in Nashville, Tenn., shows people gathered together online for a virtual happy hour. (Jamie Lee Finch via AP)

With bars shuttered and stressed-out workers stuck at home, companies and friend groups across the U.S. are holding happy hours over video chat to commiserate and keep spirits high amid the new coronavirus pandemic. 

‘Quarantine Shaming’: US Navigates Radical New Social Norms

In this March 17, 2020 file photo, a marquee outside the Lake Theater & Café in downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon, reminds people to practice social distancing and stay home if sick. (AP Photo / Gillian Flaccus, File)

“Quarantine shaming” — calling out those not abiding by social distancing rules — is part of a new and startling reality for Americans who must navigate a world of rapidly evolving social norms in the age of COVID-19.

$10 Toilet Paper? Coronavirus Gouging Complaints Surge in US

This combination of March 11, 2020 photos made by investigators with the Michigan Attorney General’s Office shows a $4.47 shelf price sticker for a gallon of Clorox bleach and $8.99 on a price scanner for the same item at a Menards store in Jackson, Mich. (Michigan Attorney General’s Office via AP)

Across a country where lines are long, some shelves are empty and patience is thin, authorities are receiving a surge of reports about merchants trying to cash in on the coronavirus crisis with outrageous prices, phony cures and other scams. 

AP-NORC Poll: Fear of Virus Infection Spikes Among Americans

In this March 18, 2020 photo, a traveler checks his mobile telephone while passing a map of the United States on the way to the security checkpoint in the main terminal in Denver International Airport. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

Concern among Americans that they or a loved one will be infected by the coronavirus rose dramatically in the past month, with two-thirds of the country now saying they’re at least somewhat concerned about contracting the COVID-19 illness.

Q&A: What Does 90-Day Tax Payment Delay Mean for Filers?

This July 24, 2018, file photo shows a portion of the 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return form. The Trump administration is working on plans to delay the April 15 federal tax deadline for most individual taxpayers as well as small businesses. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan, File)

The Trump administration has announced that most individuals and businesses will be allowed to delay paying their federal tax bills for 90 days as part of an emergency relief plan amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

With 3 More Victories, Biden Pulls Further Away From Sanders

Former Vice President Joe Biden participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington, Sunday, March 15, 2020. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Joe Biden swept to victory in Florida, Illinois and Arizona on Tuesday, increasingly pulling away with a Democratic presidential primary upended by the coronavirus and building pressure on Bernie Sanders to abandon his campaign.

5 Questions Heading into Tuesday’s Democratic Primaries

Students chant during the Bernie 2020 March to Early Vote at Florida International University to on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Miami. Florida and its 219 delegates could be the knockout punch for presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders after a dismal showing in the Michigan primary. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson)

Nothing is certain in the age of the coronavirus. Three states scheduled to vote after Tuesday postponed their primaries. Ohio scrapped its Tuesday vote, while Arizona, Florida and Illinois vowed to push ahead.

Arc of Trump’s Coronavirus Comments Defies Reality on Ground

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing on coronavirus in the Brady press briefing room at the White House, Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

In the course of a few weeks, President Donald Trump veered from confidently assuring Americans his administration had the coronavirus outbreak “very well under control” to declaring a national emergency.

Party’s Over: 4 States Close Bars, Restaurants Over Virus

Revelers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Saturday, March 14, 2020, during an unofficial gathering at Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar in New Orleans. (Scott Threlkeld / The Advocate via AP)

On Saturday night, revelers in many parts of the country ignored warnings against attending large gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. On Sunday, it became clear that in many places, the party is over.

Virus Screenings Jam US Airports; ‘Atrocious,’ a Flyer Says

New York University student Hector Medrano, of Los Angeles, checks in for his flight using a touchscreen Saturday, March 14, 2020, at jetBlue's terminal in John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. (AP Photo / Kathy Willens)

Weary travelers returning to the U.S. amid coronavirus-related travel restrictions are being greeted by long lines and hourslong waits for required medical screenings at airports.

Trump Declares Coronavirus Pandemic a National Emergency

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump on Friday declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency in order to free up more money and resources. But he denied any responsibility for delays in making testing available for the new virus.

How to Clean the Bundle of Germs That is Your Phone

Pedestrian uses her phone while wearing a face mask in Herald Square, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

You’re washing your hands countless times a day to try to ward off the coronavirus. You should also wash that extension of your hand and breeding ground for germs — your phone. But cleaning your phone improperly can damage it. 

Man Shot by Police in Chicago Subway Sues City, Officers

This Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 image from cellphone video shows Chicago police officers trying to apprehend a suspect inside a downtown Chicago train station. After a struggle with police, the suspect was shot as he fled up the escalator with the officers in pursuit. (Michael McDunnah via AP)

Lawyers for a short-order cook shot by Chicago police trying to arrest him for using a subway train’s gangway doors filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging officers used excessive force in violation of policies laid out in court-monitored police reforms.

Most Coronavirus Patients Recover, But Anxiety, Fear Still Loom

This Feb. 24, 2020 photo provided by Greg and Rose Yerex shows them in a hospital in Nagoya, Japan. Former passengers of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, they both tested positive for the coronavirus. (Greg Yerex via AP)

Amid all the fears, quarantines and stockpiling of food, it has been easy to ignore the fact that more than 60,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus spreading around the globe.

Trump Suspends Travel Between US and Europe for 30 Days

President Donald Trump speaks in an address to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus Wednesday, March, 11, 2020, in Washington. (Doug Mills / The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Taking drastic action Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced he is cutting off travel from Europe to the U.S. and moving to ease the economic cost of a viral pandemic that is roiling global financial markets and disrupting the daily lives of Americans.

WHO Declares Virus Crisis a Pandemic, Urges World to Fight

In this Tuesday, March, 10, 2020 photo, paramedics test samples taken from patients suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus, at a laboratory in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran. (Amin Nazari / ISNA via AP)

Expressing alarm both about mounting infections and inadequate government responses, the World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic but added that it’s not too late for countries to act.

Joe Biden Has Another Big Primary Night, Wins 4 More States

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the press at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo / Matt Rourke)

Joe Biden decisively won Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary, seizing a key battleground state that helped propel Bernie Sanders’ insurgent candidacy four years ago.

Missouri Virus Case Shows 1 Exposure Can Mean Major Response

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page provides an update on local coronavirus cases during a news conference at the Office of Emergency Management in Baldwin, Mo., Monday, March 9, 2020. (Colter Peterson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

An Indiana University student landed in O’Hare International Airport after a trip to Italy. She took a train to a St. Louis station shared by Amtrak and the Greyhound bus service. Her father failed to heed a self-quarantine warning. 

US Prisons, Jails on Alert for Spread of Coronavirus

In a June 20, 2014, file photo, the Rikers Island jail complex stands in New York with the Manhattan skyline in the background. (AP Photo / Seth Wenig, File)

There have been no reports of COVID-19 inside U.S. jails or prisons. But more people are incarcerated per capita here than in any other country in the world and prisons have become hot spots in other nations touched by the outbreak.

Nursing Homes Face Unique Challenge With Coronavirus

In this March 6, 2020, photo, Guilherme Gomes sanitizes a handrail at the South Shore Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center, in Rockland, Mass. Staff at the 96-bed nursing home held an informational meeting for residents and have been stockpiling supplies, stepping up their daily disinfection routine and screening visitors for potential illness in recent days. (AP Photo / David Goldman)

From Miami to Seattle, nursing homes and other facilities for the elderly are stockpiling masks and thermometers, preparing for staff shortages and screening visitors to protect a particularly vulnerable population from the coronavirus.

Official: White House Didn’t Want to Tell Seniors Not to Fly

Vice President Mike Pence, right, along with Florida Sen. Rick Scott, left, and Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, speaks to the media after a meeting with cruise line company leaders to discuss the efforts to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Port Everglades, Saturday March 7, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo / Gaston De Cardenas)

The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile Americans be advised not to fly on commercial airlines because of the new coronavirus, a federal official told The Associated Press.

R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty; Feds Say New Charges Planned

In this June 6, 2019 file photo, singer R. Kelly appears at a court hearing before Judge Lawrence Flood in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday pleaded not guilty to an updated federal indictment that includes child pornography charges and allegations involving a new accuser, while prosecutors said more charges alleging yet another victim are upcoming.

Chicago Cops in Station Shooting Stripped of Police Powers

This Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 image from cellphone video shows Chicago police officers trying to apprehend a suspect inside a downtown Chicago train station. After a struggle with police, the suspect was shot as he fled up the escalator with the officers in pursuit. (Michael McDunnah via AP)

Chicago’s interim police superintendent stripped two officers of their police powers pending the outcome of the investigation into their roles in the non-fatal shooting of an unarmed suspect inside a Red Line L station last week.