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Personal Finance Daily: How America’s extreme ‘survivalists’ are preparing for a worst-case coronavirus epidemic and 5 last-minute tips to save money before Tax Day

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5 last-minute tips to save money before Tax Day

There’s still time to make some smart tax moves before April 15.

Coronavirus fatality rates vary dramatically depending on age, gender and country — why some patients fare worse than others

A paper published in JAMA reviews a China-based sample of 72,000 COVID-19 cases, which suggests dramatic variations in the death rate of the illness.

‘It’s a very unfortunate conundrum.’ As coronavirus spreads, the CDC urges sick workers to stay home — but what if you don’t get paid sick leave?

Full-time workers are far more likely to have access to paid sick-leave benefits than part-time workers, who are disproportionately women.

How America’s extreme ‘survivalists’ are preparing for a worst-case coronavirus epidemic — ‘beans, bullets and Band-Aids’

‘My motto is panic now and beat the rush,’ one prepper says, while another recommends making a list of all the things you love about your family, in case you are quarantined for several weeks, or longer.

U.S. health officials say Americans shouldn’t wear face masks to prevent coronavirus — here are 3 other reasons not to wear them

Most people don’t use face masks correctly, a Johns Hopkins public health expert told MarketWatch.

The Affordable Care Act is more popular now than when Obama was president

As popularity for the Affordable Care Act has hit an all-time high, the Supreme Court is taking on a new case that could decide its fate.

Here’s how financial advisers manage their money when stocks tank

Savvy investing pros stay calm because they know to expect the unexpected, writes Elaine Scoggins.

There’s no guarantee that a coronavirus vaccine will be affordable

Private sector involvement could accelerate vaccine discovery, but that could come with a hefty price tag, experts say.

There are $4 flights in China — but don’t expect many other coronavirus airfare deals

Some airlines have slashed prices for flights within China as fewer people travel in the country amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

One possible coronavirus side effect — cheaper almonds for U.S. shoppers

China is the No. 2 buyer of American almonds, but with ports closed, inventory could pile up.

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These simple changes would help protect the economy from the coronavirus

Make small changes to the rules for unemployment benefits.

‘Total f***ing anarchy!’ Costco shoppers share funny/scary tales of preppers getting ready for a coronavirus outbreak

One look at the Costco group on Reddit — home to more than 60,000 members — and you might get an idea as to why shares of the wholesale giant are up almost 10% in Monday’s bounceback trading session.

As the stock market rallies, put protections on your investing portfolio

A wave of bad news, including the number of persons infected with the coronavirus in the U.S., will likely sour sentiment.

Things to do — and three things not to do — to keep sane during a stock market panic

Tune out most media, look on the bright side and keep doing what you’re doing, says Howard Gold.