May 7, 2020 / 5:14 AM / 21 days ago

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Compelling stories from Reuters

(Reuters) - Every week, Reuters journalists produce scores of multimedia features and human-interest stories from around the world.

Below are some engaging stories selected by our editors, as well as explanatory context and background on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The end of the open plan office? Workspaces get post-pandemic makeovers

May 5 - One-way corridors, buffer zones around desks, and clear plastic screens to guard against colleagues’ coughs and sneezes may become office standards after coronavirus stay-at-home orders are lifted, say occupational experts. 

Facing meat shortages, some Americans turn to hunting during pandemic

TAOS, New Mexico, May 3 - David Elliot first thought of shooting an elk to help feed family and friends back in January when the United States reported its first novel coronavirus case. 

No fans, virtual cheerleaders: South Korea's 'socially-distant' baseball

INCHEON/SEOUL, May 5 - Lee Raon, a nine-year-old baseball fan, stood on the mound. But instead of throwing the ball, the boy, inside a giant clear balloon, walked towards the catcher in what was called a “socially distant first pitch” for South Korean club KT Wiz on Tuesday. 

Quarantine with 31 children? Costa Rican family's labor of love

SAN JOSE, May 5 - Coronavirus lockdowns present a plethora of challenges for families suddenly forced to spend weeks on end under one roof. But try hunkering down at home with 31 kids. 

In shielding its hospitals from COVID-19, Britain left many of the weakest exposed

LONDON, May 5 - On a doorstep in the suburbs of north London, three-year-old Ayse picked up a tissue to wipe away her grandmother’s tears - tears for one more victim of the virus. The little girl was waiting for her mum, Sonya Kaygan. Her grandmother hadn’t broken the news that Kaygan, 26, who worked at a nearby care home, was dead, one of over 100 frontline health workers killed by the coronavirus in Great Britain.

Belgian, U.S. scientists look to llama in search for COVID-19 treatment

BRUSSELS, May 5 - A llama called Winter could prove useful in the hunt for a treatment for COVID-19, according to U.S. and Belgian scientists who have identified a tiny particle that appears to block the new coronavirus.

Transgender people face discrimination, violence amid Latin American quarantines

BOGOTA, May 5 - Alis Nicolette Rodriguez is bracing themself, nervously looking over their shopping list and preparing in case someone tries to bar their way at the grocery store. It has happened before.

Ancient mill rises as Britain bakes at home

TETBURY, England, May 6 - Shipton Mill, which was milling flour when the Normans conquered England nearly a thousand years ago, has seen a rare boon from the novel coronavirus outbreak - soaring demand for its organic flour from a new generation of locked-down home bakers. 

Stranded pets, desperate owners split up by coronavirus travel curbs

NEW YORK, May 6 - When Guy Nizan flew to Israel with his wife and daughter for a family emergency in March, Gula - their six-year-old German shepherd mix - stayed behind in New York with a pet sitter. But as the coronavirus outbreak accelerated and airlines began cancelling flights, it became clear the family would not be coming home anytime soon.

Howard and Lois, reunited: Elderly couple separated by virus finally meet again

NEW PALTZ, May 6 - For 56 days, the coronavirus pandemic kept Howard Smith apart from Lois Kittson, his wife of half a century. Their separation ended this week with a short but stirring reunion – at a safe distance – outside her nursing home in upstate New York.

UNDERSTANDING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS:

THE MEDICAL RACE

The COVID-19 testing challenge

When medical resources are limited, who should get care first?

EXPLAINER - Who can make Gilead's coronavirus drug, licence free?

The Lifeline Pipeline: the drugs, tests and tactics that may conquer coronavirus

Ventilators: A bridge between life and death

EXPLAINER - Could warmer weather help contain the coronavirus?

EXPLAINER - What are coronavirus antibody tests?

EXPLAINER - Who's WHO? The World Health Organization under scrutiny

EXPLAINER - Why are some S.Koreans who recovered from the coronavirus testing positive again?

FACTBOX - Global pharma industry steps up efforts to battle coronavirus

Coronavirus and COVID-19: Fact versus fiction

LIVING THE NEW NORMAL

Tracking the lockdown: what is opening up around the world

FACTBOX - Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on sports events around the world

The last places on earth without coronavirus

How to construct a face mask

Tracing COVID-19: Using technology to track the contagion

The Apocaloptimist's Manifesto

A breath of fresh air: How air quality has improved during the coronavirus crisis

Don't hoard: A calculator to help you figure out how long your food will last you while under quarantine

Livestream Calendar: A Global Guide to Virtual Events

Sheltering in small places: Tokyo's cramped homes

Coronavirus lockdown in Europe

The social distancing of America 

FACTBOX - Trump's coronavirus reopening guidelines

EXPLAINER - How Trump has sealed off the United States during coronavirus outbreak

EXPLAINER - Zoom bombs make choosing video apps harder for lockdown chats

ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

EXPLAINER - When will PM Johnson send Britain back to work?

FACTBOX - Trump, Biden offer clashing visions on reopening economy, taxes

FACTBOX - Airlines get bailouts amid coronavirus shutdown

America's pandemic safety net

FACTBOX - U.S. companies lay out plans for employees amid coronavirus pandemic

FACTBOX - Businesses signal earnings hit as coronavirus takes a toll

EXPLAINER - What we know of EU Commission's post-coronavirus economic recovery plan

FACTBOX - Global central bank response to the coronavirus outbreak

EXPLAINER - How the U.S. could use taxpayer dollars to save oil and energy companies

FACTBOX - U.S. states, cities forecast deep revenue hit from coronavirus outbreak

TRACKING THE DISEASE

Global tracker

U.S. tracker

Track COVID-19 in your country

How COVID-19 deaths multiplied across countries as the pandemic spread

How the coronavirus hitched a ride through China

The Korean clusters

Breaking the wave: Measuring the death toll

PHOTO GALLERIES

Giving birth in the time of COVID-19

Anti-lockdown protests around the world

Burying the victims of coronavirus

Athletes train despite lockdown limbo

Life in the age of coronavirus

Life and death in ICUs around the world

America amid the coronavirus pandemic

At home with a New York City family

Ramadan in a pandemic

Edited by Leela de Kretser and Tiffany Wu

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