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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.

M Health Fairview nurse Nicole Parr extracted a dose of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine recently.
COVID-19

Live: Latest updates and what you need to know about COVID-19

June 1
As the novel coronavirus spreads across the world, we've answered reader question about what they most want to know about the outbreak.
After donning personal protective equipment RN Sarah Neva sanitizes her hands before going in to check on a COVID-19 patient on the fifth floor at Bet
David Joles, Star Tribune
After donning personal protective equipment RN Sarah Neva sanitizes her hands before going in to check on a COVID-19 patient on the fifth floor at Bethesda Hospital in May 2020.
Local

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

February 2
Are you a health care worker or other person on the front lines of COVID-19 response? Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus? Help us report on how the pandemic is affecting Minnesotans.
Sgt. Heath Bird of the Plymouth Police Department received his COVID-19 Moderna vaccine from registered nurse Gloria Christensen in January.
Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune
Sgt. Heath Bird of the Plymouth Police Department received his COVID-19 Moderna vaccine from registered nurse Gloria Christensen in January.
Local

How to make an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota

April 27
Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being administered through health systems, state clinics, health departments and pharmacies. Here's what you need to know.
A couple passes by the row of tents put up by restaurants for outdoor dining in Larimer Square as merchants deal with the rapid spread of the coronavi
David Zalubowski, Associated Press
A couple passes by the row of tents put up by restaurants for outdoor ...
Variety

Are dining tents a safe way to eat out during the pandemic?

November 24, 2020
A COVID-19 particle is pictured in this image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention., TNS
A COVID-19 particle is pictured in this image provided by the Centers ...
Nation

Is COVID a disease of the blood vessels?

November 22, 2020
Who will be the first to get COVID-19 vaccines?
Peter Hamlin, AP
Even if the vaccines are authorized soon by federal regulators — the companies developing them have said they expect to apply soon — only a sliver of the American public will be able to get one by the end of the year.

Who will be the first to get COVID-19 vaccines?

November 17, 2020
A person at a new saliva testing center for COVID-19 in the Minneapolis Convention Center dropped a saliva sample into a collection box.
David Joles, Star Tribune
Saliva testing is conducted at state testing sites or at home, and requires the person being tested to spit for about 10 minutes into a plastic tube.
Local

6 things you need to know about COVID-19 testing in Minnesota

November 12, 2020
In this Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, United Airlines passengers walk past through the gate to board a flight to Hawaii at San Francisco International Ai
Jeff Chiu, Associated Press

Is it safe yet to fly during the pandemic?

November 12, 2020
A maple tree, still ablaze in fall colors, was coated in fresh snow in Theodore Wirth Regional Park in Minneapolis on Oct. 23, 2020.
David Joles, Star Tribune

Does weather affect the spread of the coronavirus outside?

November 3, 2020
During COVID, should you allow your college student to come home for a weekend?
CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com
Variety

During COVID, should you let your college kids come home?

October 9, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
Pharmacist Evelyn Kim and pharmacy technician Omar Toppin clean the counter at the CVS pharmacy at Target in the Tenleytown area of Washington in Marc
Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press
The Economy

Can I still collect unemployment if I refuse to return to an unsafe workplace?

May 4, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
The CDC says there have been few documented U.S. cases of pets being infected with the novel coronavirus.
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Prevention, preparation

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

April 23, 2020
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, 2020