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As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S., Axios is answering readers' questions about the pandemic — how it spreads, who's at risk, and what you can do to stay safe.

What's new: This week, we answer four questions looking at pets' vulnerability, moving during a pandemic, when to speak with medical professionals, and immunity.

Q: What's the best way to prepare for the possibility of becoming infected with coronavirus or to alleviate symptoms?

  • Reach out to your primary caregiver or a medical professional for best practices and guidance. They're the best person to address your specific questions and medical needs.
  • For more information about symptoms and testing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an online guide and coronavirus self-checker, but information available online is not a valid substitute for seeking professional medical advice.

Q: I'm moving to a new place this month. How should I prepare?

  • The American Moving and Storage Association recommends postponing your move if possible if you have a compromised immune system or are over the age of 60.
  • The association also recommends buying new boxes and tape, rather than reusing old ones, stocking the new place with enough food to last a couple of weeks, and providing movers with a space to clean their hands.
  • Many professional movers can offer a virtual estimate without having to enter your home more times than absolutely necessary.

Q: Can I catch coronavirus from my pet?

  • That is highly unlikely. In some rare cases pets may have contracted the virus, but experts don't believe they can pass it to humans.

Q: Am I immune from the coronavirus after I recover from it?

  • Researchers do not yet know if an individual can become reinfected after recovering from the coronavirus and are racing to develop tests that could detect whether someone may have developed immunity, writes Axios' Alison Snyder.

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Updated 22 hours ago - Health

The states where face coverings are mandatory

Data: Compiled by Axios; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves issued a statewide mask mandate on Tuesday for those in public, as well as for teachers and students going back to school.

The big picture: 34 states, in addition to the District of Columbia, have issued some form of mask mandate as infections surge across the country.

Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 p.m. ET: 18,585,774 — Total deaths: 701,665 — Total recoveries — 11,176,535Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12:30 p.m. ET: 4,775,621 — Total deaths: 156,906 — Total recoveries: 1,528,979 — Total tests: 58,239,438Map.
  3. 2020: Joe Biden will no longer travel to Milwaukee for Democratic convention.
  4. Public health: Moderna skirts disclosures of vaccine costs — There’s not much good news about kids' resistance.
  5. Sports: The return of high school sports hangs in the balance — UConn becomes first FBS team to cancel football season.
  6. Education: Chicago Public Schools to begin school year fully remote.
Updated 11 hours ago - Health

World coronavirus updates

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios VisualsThe

The death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 700,000 early Wednesday, Johns Hopkins data shows.

By the numbers: More than 18.5 million people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and over 11.1 million have recovered.