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The coronavirus pandemic is testing our health care system. That means there are some things that may have compelled a trip to the emergency room before that aren’t advisable today. So, many people have turned to self-treating and first aid at home, either because they are immunocompromised and a visit to the hospital would risk exposure or if their local hospital is overcapacity.

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The Milwaukee Public Museum and the Mitchell Park Domes are two of the most recognizable institutions in Milwaukee. But they’re also among the most beleaguered in recent history.

Stagnant budgets and mounting financial needs have led to some painful decisions — and Band-Aid solutions are no longer enough to keep them operating. They are in need of some serious changes, as Larry Sandler wrote about in an article featured in this month’s Milwaukee Magazine.

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The stay-at-home order has been hard on everyone, but it has added stress for older Americans. For people living in retirement communities, the COVID-19 pandemic is especially concerning. Older people are the most at risk of dying from the disease, but they’re also a community at high risk of social isolation.

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During the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a bombardment of numbers and it can be hard to make sense of all the statistics. But two researchers are trying to help people digest COVID-19 data.

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In social isolation, big and little screens have come to rule our lives. From people who work from home, to those who want to get some face time with family and friends after hours, screens can harm eye health and vision.

Milwaukee’s Grange Vision published a guide to preventing eye strain and other tips to keep your eyes safe while optometry offices are closed for routine exams.

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April 14 is a special day in Milwaukee. The date, 4-14, corresponds with the city's area code, making it the perfect day to celebrate everything the city has to offer. 

In years past, there have been special concerts and parties to celebrate Milwaukee Day. But of course, this year is a bit unusual due to the coronavirus pandemic. Still, as we stay inside to keep our community safer, there are different ways to engage with our community.

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It’s been over a month since President Trump declared a national emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite a national campaign for screening and drive-thru testing, most Americans still can’t get a laboratory test to confirm whether or not they have COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus — even if they show symptoms.

With backlogs and delays throughout private, federal and local health care systems, health officials don’t have the information they need to really understand the scope of this pandemic.

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John Prine passed away earlier this month due to COVID-19 complications. He was 73 years old. The music world lost a giant of a composer, recording artist and performer, who was known for his often humorous style of original music.

Lake Effect contributor Meagan Schultz takes a similarly amusing musical approach in reflecting on her current circumstances staying at home with her children during a pandemic. Here she is with her homage to John Prine’s song “In Spite of Ourselves." Her song is called “In Spite of Themselves":

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With restaurant dining rooms closed and additional restrictions now being placed on grocery stores due to the coronavirus pandemic, some people are taking to making some staples from scratch.

Bread is a favorite. According to Google Trends, searches for sourdough and related recipes were at least five times higher in the last month than ever before.

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The court and legislative decisions that determined Wisconsin’s April 7 election have been controversial, to say the least. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the supreme courts at both the state and federal levels offered no leniency to voters. It should be noted that both the court and Legislature met and made these decisions virtually because of the dangers the pandemic presents.

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Although conversations about the coronavirus are really inescapable, there are still a lot of misperceptions and questions about the disease. For Bubbler Talk, we've been asking listeners what they want to know about the disease and how it's spread.

Dr. Joyce Sanchez is an assistant professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin who specializes in infectious diseases. She is here to help answer some of your coronavirus questions: 

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Alexandr Misko started playing the guitar at age 12, first learning the classical style. But after discovering fingerstyle guitar music online, he began to learn it on his own.

"[Fingerstyle] leans more toward pop music much more than classical music, but at the same time it's very interesting harmonically, it's very rhythmic ... so I was instantly hooked," says Misko.

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The world under COVID-19 is surreal. Empty streets. Clear skies. Empty shelves in the stores. It sounds a bit like science fiction. So what does a science fiction writer think about all of this?

“In some ways, science fiction got it right, and science fiction helped us expect what the situation will feel like,” says David D. Levine, an award-winning science fiction author originally from Milwaukee.

“At the same time, science fiction is fiction, so you can’t use it as something to model behavior.”

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The presence of gray wolves in Wisconsin is considered a success story. The wolf is native to the Great Lakes and other parts of the U.S., but by the 1950s, the population was teetering on extinction. The gray wolf was placed on the federal endangered species list in 1975. By 2012, its numbers had rebounded and the gray wolf was taken off the list.

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The Dairy State is facing a dairy crisis and the pandemic has made things much worse. Already, Wisconsin's dairy heritage has been threatened by incredibly low milk prices and farm closures. But the coronavirus pandemic has led farmers to take drastic measures, dumping unwanted milk into manure piles and fearing for their futures.

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