In Indiana, restaurants and bars are shuttered, schools are closed, and like much of the country, people are being ordered to stay home.

The Indiana Historical Society is trying to document what it's like to live in this time, and have asked the public to help.

"We thought, this is a period of time people are going to study for centuries," says Jody Blankenship, president of the Indiana Historical Society. "And we need to collect the voices of our community right now."

Social Media Buzz: Users Share Makeshift Masks

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During the coronavirus pandemic, we take a look at what’s trending on social media this week. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Femi Oke, (@FemiOke), host of “The Stream” on Al Jazeera English.

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While the hoarding and panic buying of toilet paper may have initially caused a stock shortage in stores and online, Jim Luke, professor of economics at Lansing Community College, explains why the scarcity has a lot to do with the supply chain.

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Louisiana has the fourth-highest rate of new HIV infections in the country. Health care providers are worried that some living with HIV/AIDS are particularly high risk for contracting COVID-19.

Here & Now takes a deeper look at how the Comprehensive Care Center of Southwest Louisiana is serving its HIV/AIDS clients amidst the current pandemic.

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Snowbird northern residents living in the South are being told not to return to their year-round homes. And other places that typically welcome their return are asking people to stay away.

Danielle Kaeding of Wisconsin Public Radio reports.

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I started taking the pandemic seriously when schools closed. I’ve never seen day-to-day life change so drastically for so many Americans.

Friends began posting pictures with their kids online, with #homeschooling. I couldn’t help but wonder: How the hell would a single mom juggle everything in this new normal? It feels untenable.

I’m not raising kids but I reached out to single moms in the Bay Area area to find out. Call it morbid curiosity, but it’s also a study in human resilience.

The Department of Veterans Affairs runs the largest health care network in the country. Nine million vets are enrolled in VA health care, and recently the departmnt announced it would treat all veterans who need help during this crisis.

But VA health workers say they need help. At least seven VA staff have died from the virus, and NPR has seen internal emails telling VA staff to use the same surgical mask for up to a week.

AIDS began as a frightening medical mystery, with clustered outbreaks in California and New York City. Dr. Paul Volberding, who later helped San Francisco General Hospital open a dedicated AIDS ward, remembers seeing his first AIDS patient on July 1, 1981, although he didn't know it at the time.

Prine told Terry Gross in 2018 that he began playing music and writing songs for fun: "I didn't expect to do this for a living," he said. Prine died of complications related to COVID-19 on April 7.

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The White House's coronavirus response task force convened a briefing Friday afternoon as the conversation in Washington turns toward how America could reactivate after going dormant to slow the pandemic.

President Trump is expected to receive recommendations about when and how the nation could reopen for business. He and advisers must make difficult decisions about how to balance economic, social, public health and other priorities.

As coronavirus numbers have ticked steadily upwards in some U.S. states and cities, officials have watched one specific figure to see whether they're facing a flattening curve or runaway outbreak: the doubling rate.

Simply put, it's how many days it takes for the number of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations or deaths to double. The shorter the time frame, the steeper the curve and the faster the growth.

Public Radio Responds To Coronavirus

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NPR and local public radio stations have shifted resources to inform the public about the coronavirus pandemic, providing vital information — from the international and national perspective as well as the local news in each community.

Public Radio Stations Delivering Vital News & Information on COVID-19

This is only a sampling of the special coverage and programming from public radio stations around the country; we will be adding more to this list as we get more information.

Q&A with Invisibilia's 'The Last Sound'

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Invisibilia explores how unseeable forces can control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Their latest episode, "The Last Sound" examines the power of sound and what we can learn about ourselves and the world if we sit still to listen. They spoke with Bernie Krause, who was a successful musician who heard a sound unlike anything he'd ever encountered and at that very moment it completely overtook his life.

Yemen has recorded its first confirmed case of coronavirus. Aid officials warn the impoverished country already devastated by five years of war will be unable to cope if the virus spreads.

"We are bracing for the worst," Lise Grande, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, told NPR on Friday.

Before the case was announced, Grande said in a phone interview from the Yemeni capital Sanaa that the country would be completely overwhelmed by the spread of the virus.

Medical professionals treating coronavirus patients in Venezuela say most hospitals lack a broad array of basic necessities, often including soap and running water.

Their warning comes amid concerns that the South American country could soon face a new humanitarian catastrophe because its health system is close to collapse and cannot cope with a surge of cases.

In India, the coronavirus cloud has a silver lining: clear blue skies.

India entered the world's biggest lockdown last month and the government ordered 1.3 billion people to stay home as the number of coronavirus cases climbed.

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Just over a week ago, the worldwide death toll linked to the coronavirus stood at around 50,000 — a staggering sum for a virus that was still largely unknown to the world at the start of the year. Now, that death toll has doubled.

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Inoculation

About Laura Spinney's Segment:

A century after the 1918 flu, we see similar patterns in the ways we're responding to COVID-19. Laura Spinney reflects on the Spanish flu and how societies learn to move forward after pandemics.

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Who: Margo Price

Where: Outside Nashville, Tenn.

Recommendation: Family time

I have been quarantining with my husband Jeremy and our two children: Judah, age nine, and Ramona, nine-and-a-half months. The four of us are all self-isolating at our home in the middle of nowhere, just outside of Nashville.

Going Mad, Together: Finding Quarantine Connections In 'Bloodborne'

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I didn't expect a video game about a nightmarish plague to console me during a real-world pandemic, but Bloodborne has a history of surprising me.

John Prine, who died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19, was a foundational figure, guiding light and embodying spirit of Americana music. In recent years his presence at the annual Americana Music Honors and Awards, held every September at Nashville's hallowed Ryman Auditorium, defined that event. Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association, reflected upon Prine's passing:

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Inoculation

About Heidi Larson's TED Talk:

In 2003, polio reemerged in twenty countries that had long been declared polio-free. Anthropologist Heidi Larson says to stop the spread of disease, we need to first build trust in vaccines.

About Heidi Larson:

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Inoculation

About Daniel Streicker's TED Talk:

MERS, Ebola, and COVID-19—the viruses that cause these diseases likely have the same patient zero: bats. For researcher Daniel Streicker, the key to preventing an outbreak is the bats themselves.

About Daniel Streicker:

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About Anupam Jena's TED Talk:

Anupam Jena has made a practice of looking at big data and natural experiments to ask questions others overlook. He describes how the COVID-19 pandemic could have several unexpected consequences.

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Postcards From The Pandemic

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About The Reflections:

Over the past weeks, most us have had to adapt to a new normal. We reached out to a few TED speakers to ask how their lives have changed and what they're thinking about these days.

Who We Hear From:

Sarah Urist Green is on a mission to change the way we think about creativity. "Creativity is overrated," she says flatly. What she means is that you don't have to feel creative in order to make art. You don't have to think of yourself as an artist to make art. You don't need a degree or fancy materials to make art. All you need is to just do it.

And in her new book, You Are An Artist, she hopes to take the elements of fear and decision-making out of art-making.

Forget toilet paper. What about beer?

Authorities in Bangkok on Thursday banned alcohol sales for 11 days in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus during the Thai New Year, or Songkran, which begins on Monday.

More than half the country's known cases are in the capital city. Authorities in Chiang Mai, Phuket and several other provinces have also called for similar bans.

More than two months after he watched his father die of the new coronavirus, Zhang Hai has yet to bury him. The 50-year-old Wuhan native wants to pay his last respects alone — but that's now against government rules.

"[My father's] work unit called and made it very clear that I have to be accompanied when I retrieve the ashes," Zhang recalled. "Maybe they are well-intentioned, but I just want to collect my father's ashes alone before burying him. I do not want to have strangers around."

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