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There are 20,000 FDA approved drugs. One of them might fight COVID-19, if we can find it. Peter Dazeley/The Image Bank via Getty Images

COVID-19 treatment might already exist in old drugs – we’re using pieces of the coronavirus itself to find them

Nevan Krogan, University of California, San Francisco

Among the more than 20,000 drugs approved by the FDA, there may be some that can treat COVID-19. A team at the University of California, San Francisco, is identifying possible candidates.

Signs cover the control panel of exercise machines in a Denver YMCA, March 15, 2020. AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Should I exercise during the coronavirus pandemic? Experts explain the just right exercise curve

Tamara Hew-Butler, Wayne State University; Mariane Fahlman, Wayne State University

Schools are closed, houses of worship have suspended services, and many restaurants are down to delivery only. Must we also stop exercising? Two exercise physiologists explain what's safe.