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Reader FAQ: Answers and advice for coping with COVID-19

The Star Tribune takes on your questions about the pandemic in Minnesota.

FILE -- A construction worker takes part in a temperature check before work in Manhattan, on Friday, April 24, 2020. The factors that made New York Ci
Variety

Will temperature checks of employees make workplaces safe?

June 2
Will temperature checks of employees make workplaces safe? No, not completely. They can help reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections but shouldn’t be the only…
Why are the recycling bins overflowing in my alley?
James Eli Shiffer, Star Tribune
Don't Miss

Why are the recycling bins overflowing in my alley?

May 20
If it seems like big blue bins are overflowing more than usual, it's not your imagination.
Guests mourn during a live-streamed funeral in March. The pandemic has made in-person funerals difficult to hold and many families are struggling with
Steph Chambers, TNS
Local

How can mourners hold a respectful funeral in age of social distancing?

May 14
Social distancing has made it increasingly difficult to give the dead a proper send-off.
An employee holds up an antibody test cartridge from an ichroma COVID-19 Ab testing kit on a production line in Chuncheon, South Korea, on April 17, 2
Lee Jin-man, Associated Press
Don't Miss

If you think you have had COVID-19, can you be tested to prove it?

May 5
Nurses at Hutchinson Health Hospital created a huge "Hearts Hallway" in the hospital for inspiration.
Stubbe, Glen, Star Tribune
Nurses at Hutchinson Health Hospital created a huge "Hearts Hallway" i...
Local

Have you lost a loved one to COVID-19 in Minnesota?

May 26
The Minnesota agricultural commissioner said 10,000 hogs a day are being euthanized in Minnesota.
Charlie Neibergall, Associated Press
The food supply

Can you freeze whole pig carcasses to preserve the meat?

May 7
Emergency medical personnel wear personal protective equipment while they transport a patient into Hennepin County Medical Center on in April 2020 in
Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune
Emergency medical personnel wear personal protective equipment while they transport a patient into Hennepin County Medical Center on in April 2020 in Minneapolis.
COVID-19 DATA

Why does Hennepin County have so many more COVID-19 fatalities than Ramsey?

April 30
Medical Assistant Courtney Banks prepared to administer a COVID-19 test at their drive up testing site in front of St. Luke's Miller Creek Medical Cli
Alex Kormann, Star Tribune
COVID-19 FACTS

Is there a gender difference in how COVID-19 affects men and women?

April 29
Tyson Foods workers wear protective masks and stand between plastic dividers at a poultry processing plant in Camilla, Ga. Tyson has added the plastic
Tyson Foods, via AP
The food supply

Why are there so many COVID-19 outbreaks at pork plants?

April 29
A pedestrian wearing a mask walked by an American flag mural painted on the side of the Uptown VFW along Lyndale Avenue S., near Lake Street on April
David Joles, Star Tribune
A pedestrian walked by an American flag mural painted on the side of t...
COVID-19 FACTS

When is COVID-19 most contagious? When are you no longer considered contagious?

April 29
A medical assistant walked a patient into St. Luke's Miller Creek Medical Clinic in Duluth for COVID-19 testing on Monday.
Alex Kormann, Star Tribune
A medical assistant walked a patient into St. Luke's Miller Creek Medical Clinic in Duluth for COVID-19 testing on Monday.
COVID-19 FACTS

What are the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 disease?

April 29
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz wore a Twins-themed face mask in and out of the press conference to announce the state's new testing strategy in late April 20
Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz wore a mask in and out of the press confer...
Prevention, preparation

What's the best way to prepare for COVID-19 and to prevent its spread?

April 28
Studio manager Elizabeth Sousek cleaned cleaned the studio bars at Life Time Fitness with Purell surface disinfectant more frequently on surfaces arou
Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune
Studio manager Elizabeth Sousek cleaned cleaned the studio bars at Lif...
Prevention, preparation

Can the coronavirus live on surfaces outside the body, and for how long?

April 28
In this file photo, a medical student practices collecting a specimen for coronavirus testing,.
Rogelio V. Solis, Associated Press
In this file photo, a medical student practices collecting a specimen for coronavirus testing,.
Testing

Who should get tested for COVID-19 and where?

April 25
The CDC says there have been few documented U.S. cases of pets being infected with the novel coronavirus.
iStock, Getty Images/iStockphoto
Prevention, preparation

Can my pets get infected with COVID-19 and will it make them sick?

April 23
A man passes a store that closed as part of efforts to combat the spread of the new coronavirus. About one in 10 U.S. workers lost jobs in the past th
Gregory Bull, Associated Press
The Economy

Recently unemployed in Minnesota? Here's what you need to know

April 17