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What are the symptoms?

How should you prepare?

How does it spread?

These are some of the questions you’ve asked us about the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re here to answer them for you. 

Matias Ocner / Miami Herald

The following is a running list of events that have been canceled or postponed due to coronavirus from Palm Beach County to the Florida Keys. Avoiding large gatherings is a top recommendation to stop or slow the spread of COVID-19 within the United States and the state of Florida.

For live updates of other news surrounding COVID-19 in South Florida, follow WLRN's continuously updated live blog.

Andre Penner / AP via Miami Herald

In a press conference on Thursday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami will be among the first hospitals in the state to receive new commercial test kits for COVID-19.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

This post covered South Florida coronavirus news updates from March 10 through March 15. Because of the swift and frequent changes in this ongoing story, WLRN has--for the moment--decided to start a fresh roundup each day. To find today's Coronavirus Live Update, click here

Surging Health Care Worker Quarantines Raise Concerns As Coronavirus Spreads

Mar 9, 2020

As the U.S. battles to limit the spread of the highly contagious new coronavirus, the number of health care workers ordered to self-quarantine because of potential exposure to an infected patient is rising at an exponential pace. In Vacaville, California, alone, one case — the first documented instance of community transmission in the U.S. — left more than 200 hospital workers under quarantine and unable to work for weeks.

CDC

Florida’s large population of senior citizens and people without health insurance make the state vulnerable to the threat posed by an outbreak of COVID-19. The number of cases in the state remain relatively small, but it has been growing as testing for the virus has grown.

The common cold is a top reason for missed work and school days. Most of us have two or three colds per year, each lasting at least a week.

There's no real cure, but studies from the last several years show that some supplement containing zinc can help shorten the duration of cold symptoms by up to 40% — depending on the amount of the mineral in each dose and what it's combined with.

Hundreds of hospitals across the U.S., including a number with sterling reputations for cutting-edge care, will be paid less by Medicare after the federal government pronounced that they had higher rates of infections and patient injuries than others.

The number of vaping deaths have climbed over 50 as the outbreak of lung injury cases have topped 2,500 nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

While the number of hospitalizations slowed in recent weeks, the latest figures released on Thursday show that most people who have had lung injuries after vaping had consumed THC-containing products.

Updated at 8:28 p.m. ET

A federal appeals court panel in New Orleans has dealt another blow to the Affordable Care Act, agreeing with a lower-court judge that the portion of the health law requiring most people to have coverage is unconstitutional now that Congress has eliminated the tax penalty that was intended to enforce it.

But it is sending the case back to the lower court to decide how much of the rest of the law can stand in light of that ruling.

Sun Sentinel

After months of negotiation, Boca Raton Regional Hospital will begin accepting UnitedHealthcare insurance plans as of Dec. 1.

UnitedHealthcare members enrolled in employer-sponsored, individual, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid benefit plans will have network access to Boca Raton Regional Hospital, which was acquired by Baptist Health South Florida in July.

Several civil legal aid organizations in Florida have filed a federal class action lawsuit against the agencies that operate the state's Medicaid system.

Yuletsy Martinez, 19, and her husband crossed the border into Colombia when she was pregnant with her second child. They left because they couldn't find food or medical care in Venezuela. Martinez gave birth at a hospital in Colombia. "They took good care of me. And they helped me there," Martinez told NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro in a report that aired on All Things Considered.

Florida is one of nine states that have taken on unexpected health care bills by passing comprehensive regulations. 

Biden-Harris Debate Rematch Highlights Health Plan Differences

Aug 1, 2019

Which of these Democrats can insure more Americans?

As Wednesday’s debate made vividly clear, there are almost as many versions of “Medicare for All” as there are Democratic candidates — and each one thinks their plan is the path to insuring every American.

For California Sen. Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden, health care became the sequel to their first fiery exchange — when Harris, peering over at Biden, movingly recalled during the first round of debates last month how the busing policy he once backed had changed the course of her life. 

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