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The coronavirus epidemic has forced the Census Bureau to postpone its field operations, but the bureau is still collecting information from households responding on their own. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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What You Need To Know About The 2020 Census

Who gets counted in the 2020 census? What kind of information do households have to give? NPR answers questions about the national head count required by the U.S. Constitution once a decade.

What You Need To Know About The 2020 Census

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Even without symptoms, you might have the virus and be able to spread it when out in public, say researchers who now are reconsidering the use of surgical masks. Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Should We All Be Wearing Masks In Public? Health Experts Revisit The Question

There are rumblings that U.S. health officials may start encouraging Americans to wear face masks to cut down on asymptomatic spread. But with continued shortages, it's not clear how we'd do that.

Then-Vice President Joe Biden takes the stage at the Democratic National Convention in 2012. He said it's "hard to envision" a similar scene this year. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Biden Says It's 'Hard To Envision' Democratic Convention As Planned

So far, neither major party has announced changes to their plans to hold traditional conventions this summer, despite ongoing public health restrictions on large gatherings.

In this online poster, now removed, Malaysia's Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development advised women working at home to wear makeup and office clothes so as not to offend their husbands. Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development/Government of Malaysia hide caption

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Don't Nag Your Husband During Lockdown, Malaysia's Government Advises Women

An online campaign recommended business attire and makeup while working at home, and to avoid sarcasm when asking for help with housework. The women of Malaysia were not amused.

Nicolena Loshonkohl, a single mom in Roanoke, Va., lost all her income when the hair salon where she worked shut down. She's been finding ways to social distance and keep her toddler engaged outside. But finding money to pay her rent and all her bills is more of a struggle. Courtesy of Nicolena Loshonkohl hide caption

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It's The 1st Of The Month. Renters Are In A Much Tougher Spot Than Homeowners

The government ordered lenders to let homeowners skip payments if they lost income due to the coronavirus. But landlords can require renters to pay even if they've lost their job. And many are.

It's The 1st Of The Month. Renters Are In A Much Tougher Spot Than Homeowners

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In a pool photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., on Monday. Michigan Office of the Governor via AP hide caption

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After Surge In Cases, Michigan Now 3rd In Country For Coronavirus Deaths

More than 80% of total cases are in the three populous Detroit metro-area counties of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne, according to state officials.

Volunteers pass boxes of signatures to qualify a 2018 ballot measure to expand Medicaid in Idaho. The coronavirus outbreak has halted other ballot initiatives in Idaho and other states. James Dawson/Boise State Public Radio hide caption

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Coronavirus Forces Ballot Measure Campaigns To Shut Down Amid Health Fears

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Efforts to raise taxes, change redistricting rules and legalize gaming machines have all fallen victim to social distancing rules to make it nearly impossible to collect signatures.

Coronavirus Forces Ballot Measure Campaigns To Shut Down Amid Health Fears

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Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, seen here in Ashgabat in October 2019, earlier offered remedies to combat the virus from a book on medicinal plants that he authored. Alexei Druzhinin/AP hide caption

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Turkmenistan Has Banned Use Of The Word 'Coronavirus'

Reporters Without Borders says the government has forbidden state-controlled media from using the word and ordered its removal from health brochures distributed at hospitals, schools and workplaces.

Members of the Arizona National Guard distribute food on Friday in Mesa, Ariz. The Guard has been activated to bolster the supply chain and distribution of food amid surging demand in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Most States Have Enacted Sweeping Coronavirus Measures. Here's What Each Is Doing

State leaders are taking a variety of approaches to fighting the global pandemic — from stay-at-home orders to county-by-county directives. Check out how your state is trying to keep residents safe.

Healthcare professionals screen people at a testing site organized by the Maryland National Guard in a parking lot at FedEx Field on March 30, 2020 in Landover, Md. Andrew Cabellero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Tell Us About Trying To Get Tested For The Coronavirus

Experts have said that testing is essential to controlling the coronovirus pandemic. Tell us your experiences trying to access testing for the coronavirus.

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A wall of plastic trash at Garten Services in Salem, OR., headed to the landfill. The vast majority of plastic can't be or won't be recycled. Laura Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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Plastic Wars: Industry Spent Millions Selling Recycling — To Sell More Plastic

An investigation from NPR and the PBS show Frontline found oil and gas companies had serious doubts that plastic recycling was viable, but promoted it to keep profits high and plastic bans at bay.

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