World leaders scramble to slow the spread of coronavirus

March 16, 2020

Player utilities

A man is shown wearing a full body protective suit, spraying disinfectant as pigeons fly away.

A worker in a protective suit sprays disinfectants near Imam Abbas shrine as a precaution against the coronavirus, following the outbreak, in the holy city of Kerbala, Iraq, March 15, 2020.


Abdullah Dhiaa Al-deen/Reuters

The international community has been scrambling to confront the global threat of the coronavirus pandemic. So far, multilateral diplomacy hasn't been used to effectively beat back spread of the outbreak. And across much of Asia, it's incredibly hard to find a hospital-grade face mask — so the black market has stepped in. Also, coronavirus-related toilet paper shortages have raised an awkward truth: Americans are outliers globally when it comes to toilet paper usage.

Our coronavirus coverage has never been behind a paywall.

No paywalls, ever.

Your donations help us make our nonprofit journalism available to everyone.

Click here to donate >

Music Heard On Air

Stories in this Edition

Top of The World

Global coronavirus cases surpass those in China; Deportations could accelarate COVID-19 spread; Living under lockdown in the Eternal City

The number of coronavirus cases outside of China has surpassed those within the country, where the epidemic originally was discovered. Also, governments around the world are taking extraordinatry steps to halt the spread of COVID-19. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off in a debate Sunday overshadowed by the virus. And Dr. Anthony Fauci — the US authority on infectious disease — hasn't ruled out the necessity of a national shutdown. A freelancer in Rome shares what lockdown has been like in Italy.