Washington state was home to the United States’ first known COVID-19 diagnosis and its first major outbreak. As the coronavirus spread and made the Puget Sound region the nation’s initial epicenter, almost every aspect of daily life here was upended.
It left everyone scrambling for answers about how to stay safe: How fast is the virus spreading? Should I wear a mask? Where can I get tested?
New questions arose, too: With schools closed, how can I educate and feed my kids? What if I lost my job and can’t pay rent? How can I take care of my mental health when I’m isolated?
And, of course: When can things go back to normal?
As we keep you apprised of the day’s developments and hold those in charge accountable for their response to this crisis, we’ve also been compiling resources to help you understand and navigate this changed world.
COVID-19 has spread across Washington, the U.S. and the world at staggering speeds. Here's what we know so far about the spread of coronavirus and its global impacts.
Why is Washington state now broken up into regions for the state's reopening plan? We answer that and more in this week's FAQ Friday about Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery.
While testing is critical to containing the outbreak, a negative test result is not a free pass to forgo social distancing, mask-wearing and large gatherings. Here are a few reminders about what a negative coronavirus test means and doesn't mean.
UPDATING: Seattle-area restaurants offering takeout, delivery service during the coronavirus pandemic
Check out our interactive list, sorted by neighborhood, of Seattle restaurants offering takeout, delivery and/or dine-in options during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
There is one question being asked more than any other by readers: How will they know and how will they be notified when it is their turn to be inoculated for the new coronavirus? We dig into these questions in this week's FAQ Friday.
In this week's FAQ Friday, we're answering readers' questions about how the coronavirus works once it is in the body and what they should do if exposed, as well as a question about being exposed to the virus at work.
This week for FAQ Friday, we answer questions about how people will know when it is their turn to be vaccinated and whether pregnant women should be vaccinated for COVID-19.
As Pfizer's vaccine was shipped across the country this week and front-line health care workers became the first to get their shots, vaccine-related questions have surged. We're here to help answer.
For this week's FAQ Friday, we answer reader questions about the new WA Notify app and how it might help slow the spread of COVID-19, and about the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's new quarantine guidelines.
Stay physically apart from people, wash your hands often and wear a face covering, say health care officials, to slow down the spread of coronavirus. The best masks to have and how to wear them is the subject of this week's FAQ Friday. And remember, not wearing your mask provides no protection at all.
A lot of numbers get thrown around when we're trying to understand the impact COVID-19 is having. Here, we explain what the most common ones mean and what they tell us about the state of the pandemic.
If you believe you've been exposed to the virus, or if you have even mild symptoms, contact your doctor to find out if you should be tested. Here, we're compiling an up-to-date list of testing sites in the Puget Sound region.
Masks are most effective when worn consistently and properly in order to avoid contaminating the hands or face of the user.
A free and now peer-reviewed COVID-19 Risk Assessment Planning Tool offers a scientific way for the public to check the risk of attending an event of nearly any size in any county in the country. Check it out.
A majority of states and businesses have mask mandates, and scientific evidence supports wearing them. Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding masks and how to navigate pandemic life in them.
Masks have been the subject of much speculation and misinformation. We’re here to cut through the noise and show you what the experts are saying about masks and coronavirus safety.
The CDC recommends wearing a face mask when out in public to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for sewing your own face mask, with video.
As Washington's counties progress through Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to reopen the state, here's an interactive map that tracks the counties' progress through the various phases in real time, and tells you what activities you're allowed to do in each phase.
A list of Seattle-area and Puget Sound organizations and efforts that are providing support for people whose livelihoods are threatened by the coronavirus pandemic.
You are not alone: Resources for businesses and workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state
The fallout from the pandemic has hurt local businesses and employees alike. Here's a guide for where they can go for help.
Tech writer Geoffrey Fowler offers a citizen’s guide to not helping trolls, bots and other online disinformers during turbulent times.
As the state unemployment system gets flooded, fraudsters have been siphoning off a portion of the benefits by filing phony claims using other people's names. Here's what you should do if someone uses your information to file a phony unemployment claim.
Influenza and COVID-19 have such similar symptoms, you may need to get tested to know what's making you miserable.
Among other things, folks getting their flu shots will help to lessen the likelihood of a flu epidemic raging while the coronavirus pandemic continues.
As school districts across the state begin planning for next school year, many parents are still reeling from the current one, when they were called on to become full-time education guides for their children.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and there’s never seemed a more appropriate time to shine the spotlight on this paramount topic. These Seattle-area organizations offer mental health resources and tips that can help us feel less alone.
Now that you've made pandemic grocery shopping part of your routine, here's how to take care of yourself — physically and mentally — while you're home.
Food, child care, mental-health support and more: Resources to support the community during the coronavirus outbreak
A frequently updated list of resources for people experiencing challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic and school closures.
Some tips on negotiating with your landlord if you are having problems paying the rent because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Whatever comes of the novel coronavirus tumult, the economic crisis is happening now. The needs for arts workers — gigging artists, teachers, staffers at arts institutions — are piling up by the hour. Here's how you can help or get help.
With schools and colleges considering reopening, there is new focus on how often children get infected with COVID-19 and how much they spread the virus.
Learn from a mental health expert about what's helping young people cope with the coronavirus pandemic. One hint: be kind to yourself.
America's mainstream medical establishments have given their endorsement: Universal masking is essential for the nation to find its way out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cloth masks must be washed in order to be properly reused. Experts are sharing advice on how, and how often, to clean your mask.
With coronavirus cases increasing in Washington and elsewhere, perhaps it's time to start exercising with a mask on. We tested three kinds of masks while running to tell you which ones work best.
As you tiptoe toward normalization — whatever that is, given these times — here are some precautions to try to follow.
There are many legitimate concerns about how gyms and fitness studios can safely reopen without furthering the spread. But infectious disease experts say risk can be greatly mitigated by following some simple rules.
How to safely have a repair or delivery person in your home when something breaks during coronavirus
You need to protect yourself from getting the virus, but in case you are asymptomatic or have extremely mild symptoms, you also want to protect the repair or delivery person from you.
There are thousands of new studies about the coronavirus, many available for free online. But just because scientific papers are easier to get hold of doesn’t mean that they are easy to make sense of.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, such as a fever, cough, sore throat or difficulty breathing, you should seek testing immediately. If you have no symptoms, here are guideposts for testing.
Beyond our faces, what do we touch all the time? Our phones. Here's how to keep yours from being a germ playground.
Among the tips: Take the stairs, not the elevator. Call ahead to businesses to make sure staff are wearing face coverings. And no high-fives — or even elbow bumps.
Safety, hygiene and social-distancing tips from the Mayo Clinic for road trips, shopping, restaurants and more.
“Social distancing denies the virus the opportunity to infect the next person, and this stops transmission from one person to the next.” says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases specialist and COVID-19 expert.
As coronavirus travel restrictions loosen, how do you know if your hotel room is really clean? | Travel Troubleshooter
The COVID-19 crisis had made hotels large and small reconsider and revamp cleaning and hygiene policies. Here are a few expert-sourced tips for figuring out if your hotel room has been properly cleaned — for whenever you end up back in a hotel on a post-travel restriction vacation.
One loan scam charges to enroll you in a benefit that can be accessed for free, such as a federal income-driven repayment plan. The other scam promises loan forgiveness in exchange for payment.
A traveler, who had to cancel a trip because she needed surgery, tries to find out why her online travel agency hasn't passed along her airline ticket refund.
What, exactly, is "essential" travel amid a pandemic? This reporter agonized over whether it was socially responsible to take her toddler on a long road trip to visit the grandparents.
Need to get somewhere amid the COVID-19 pandemic but nervous to fly? Here are some alternate means of travel
The best way to limit the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home. However, if an extenuating circumstance in your life dictates that you must travel, here are some options to consider.
Defining 'essential' travel in the COVID era — and what to do when the trip in question could be your last chance to say goodbye
With COVID-19 cases in the U.S., "nonessential" travel is still discouraged. But, especially for the elderly and immunocompromised, the question of whether to travel to see sick loved ones or attend family reunions is a tricky conundrum with no right answers.
Taking the elevator during the coronavirus pandemic: What public health experts say can reduce your risk
If you must share this tight space with others, here's how to limit your chance of being exposed to the coronavirus.
The study's findings suggested that the coronavirus infects the cells in the nose much more easily than those in the throat and lungs, and could be especially active in the nose even when people don’t show symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, or congestion.
Outdoor activities, where the air helps disperse virus particles, are relatively low risk — as long as you follow basic precautions.
Devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, some U.S. airlines are hoping to put potential passengers at ease by imposing tougher rules for mask wearing, including threats of banning fliers who refuse to cover their faces.
With the coronavirus pandemic keeping Americans, at least, from destinations like Europe, many travelers are navigating the complicated system of pandemic surcharges. Here's how to get the most of your money back.
With schools and universities in the Northern Hemisphere considering reopening soon, scientists and health authorities are trying to determine the role of young people in spreading COVID-19. Here's what we know.
As people spend more time indoors with other family members, the concern about passing the coronavirus to a loved one is one of our daily stressors. And what if one of your loved ones is a dog or a cat? Can our pets get COVID-19 from its human?
Portable camping potties and female funnels are pandemic bestsellers because even though people are increasingly venturing out, there’s one place we remain eager to avoid: the public restroom. Is this call-of-nature caution warranted?
Apple and Google have added handy features for these uncertain times.
According to U.S. Census Bureau Pulse Survey data recently released, 10.8 percent of American adults are experiencing some level of food insecurity.
There are three broad categories of coronavirus tests in the U.S. Two diagnose whether you have an active infection, and a third indicates if you previously had the virus. Here’s how they work.
Ordering takeout or delivery is still the safest option for getting restaurant food, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you decide to dine out, here are precautions health officials suggest you take to minimize the chances you’ll be exposed to the virus.
Here are some of the most common cons and some steps consumers can take to protect themselves.