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Is the coronavirus really worse than the flu? And other frequently asked questions.

Is the coronavirus really worse than the flu? And other frequently asked questions.

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for , sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please or become a . It was just a bit awkward. At , Utah Gov. Gary Herbert bounced some questions he frequently receives off of his top epidemiologist, Dr. Angela Dunn. It’s a good idea — the old-fashioned FAQ is a useful way of delivering easy-to-understand information, a trope used in columns . But the delivery was a little disjointed. Every time Herbert asked a question, he had to go to the...

August 2, 2020
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New Utah coronavirus data gives us insights into hospital capacity, outbreaks and more

New Utah coronavirus data gives us insights into hospital capacity, outbreaks and more

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for , sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please or become a . When we get more data about the coronavirus in Utah, I’m going to share it with you. That’s the Andy Larsen guarantee. This week, the information comes courtesy of The department has done a good job of reporting consistent day-to-day numbers, while uploading new nuggets as time goes by. This allows us — and the public — to get a clearer picture of how the state is being impacted...

June 17, 2020
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After a wave of record spikes in Utah cases, here’s the COVID-19 state of the state

After a wave of record spikes in Utah cases, here’s the COVID-19 state of the state

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for , sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please or become a . “By the end of the month, we’ll have an idea of what impact opening parts of our economy had on the spread of the virus in Utah.” That was the final sentence of , in which we summed up what exactly was happening with the coronavirus in Utah at the beginning of May. A month later, much has changed. For one, rather than “red,” most of the state is in the “ — with the exception of...

June 6, 2020
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Utah-based ARUP Laboratories to start coronavirus antibody testing

Utah-based ARUP Laboratories to start coronavirus antibody testing

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage . To support journalism like this, please consider or become a . ARUP Laboratories, a national reference laboratory located at the University of Utah’s Research Park, has announced that they have begun COVID-19 antibody testing in Utah. Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox hailed the news as a “really big and exciting announcement,” one that will “help ... make better decisions and get people back to work much sooner.” Really...

April 12, 2020
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Why is Utah not getting hit as hard as other places? New coronavirus data offers some clues.

Why is Utah not getting hit as hard as other places? New coronavirus data offers some clues.

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage . To support journalism like this, please consider or become a . We now have new data about Utahns with the coronavirus. We know their ages and how many are men and women. We know whether they were hospitalized or not. Being the numbers geek that I am, I was excited to explore the new this week and learn more about the state of the coronavirus in our state, and how it compares to the national picture. Seeing as I’ve...

April 2, 2020
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New Google data tracking where Utahns travel lets us see how seriously people are taking the coronavirus

New Google data tracking where Utahns travel lets us see how seriously people are taking the coronavirus

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage . To support journalism like this, please consider or become a . Two scenes from the past few weeks have made me question if our community is taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously. First, the of two weekends ago, when hundreds of Utahns gathered at the airport within close proximity to welcome home their family members after months or years away. You understood the desire to connect immediately — but the reunions...

April 4, 2020
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A second wave of coronavirus looks unavoidable in Utah, despite our advantages

A second wave of coronavirus looks unavoidable in Utah, despite our advantages

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern. See more coverage . To support journalism like this, please consider or become a . Our war against the coronavirus involves three battles. We lost the first. We’re winning the second. The third is yet to come. The first battle was for containment. We won similar battles with recent scary viruses, like SARS, MERS and Ebola. They started overseas and largely remained there. COVID-19 was harder to stop, to be sure, but our government’s...

April 22, 2020
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How the coronavirus spreads in those everyday places we visit

How the coronavirus spreads in those everyday places we visit

Editor’s note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing free access to critical stories about the coronavirus. Sign up for , sent to your inbox every weekday morning. To support journalism like this, please or become a . It hasn’t even been five months since health officials in Wuhan, China, reported unusual pneumonia cases to the World Health Organization. But those five months have been the most active in the history of epidemiology. Since that report, we’ve learned so much about the coronavirus. One of the most important lessons? How the disease is spread. In particular, so-called...

May 23, 2020
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