NYT: Coronavirus spreads across the U.S.

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The country recorded its first two deaths attributed to the virus over the weekend, as states from coast to coast reported new infections. Both deaths were at a nursing facility in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland.
On Sunday, Alex Azar, the health and human services secretary, announced a “radical expansion” in testing for the virus, after the federal government expanded the criteria beyond those who were very ill and had been to China or in contact with a known patient.
Related: Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed New York State’s first case, saying that a woman who had traveled to Iran was isolated in her home in Manhattan.
The details: So far, the coronavirus seems to be more deadly than the flu. But most experts suspect that many mild or symptom-free cases have gone undetected, which would drive the fatality rate lower. Here are some similarities and differences between the viruses.
Another angle: China’s authoritarian government is introducing mandatory smartphone software that dictates whether a person should be quarantined. A Times analysis found that the system appears to share information with the police.
Here’s what you can do:
■ It’s worth repeating: Wash your hands, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds. Also, clean “high touch” surfaces like phone screens.
■ Keep a distance from people who are coughing or sneezing.
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