Coronavirus brief: Life during 'wartime,' and other news and perspectives you can use today
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Coronavirus brief: Life during 'wartime,' and other news and perspectives you can use today

References to World War II, the last global war, are everywhere in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. But are they merited or just adding to fear?

During World War II, the entire nation was asked to sacrifice for a greater good. People carried ration books that allowed them to purchase meat, sugar, butter and other products.

Here are three perspectives on the challenges faced by Americans and citizens abroad:

Among developments overnight and other trends emerging:

  • White House and Senate leaders reached agreement on a massive $2 trillion coronavirus spending bill aimed at alleviating the economic impact of the outbreak.
  • Faced with an infection rate five times that of the rest of the country, New York City health workers have to put themselves at risk to fight a tide of sickness that’s getting worse by the day amid a shortage of needed supplies.
  • Governors of both parties reject President Trump's timeline for re-opening the U.S. economy by mid-April.
  • As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the globe, so do crimes related to it — transgressions that capitalize on fear, panic and the urge to lay blame.
  • Spain has now the world’s second highest tally of coronavirus deaths after a 738 spike was recorded Wednesday, the highest so far in one day. With 3,434, Spain surpassed China’s 3,285 and has more than half of Italy’s 6,820.
  • Prince Charles, the Queen's son and first in line to the British throne, has tested positive for coronavirus. The prince's Clarence House office says the 71-year-old is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland.
  • India's colossal passenger railway system, described as the country's lifeline, has come to a halt as officials take emergency measures to keep the coronavirus pandemic from spreading in the country of 1.3 billion.

For more summaries and full reports, please select from the articles below. Scroll further for helpful tips, a guide to coping, maps tracking virus spread, and live updates from verified social media accounts.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate fever and cough. It can cause more severe illness including pneumonia for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

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