Are People Who Live in Dog-Friendly Buildings Happier?

People who own dogs live longer. They’re healthier. They’re calmer. Their children are less prone to allergies. And they have government-sanctioned reasons to leave the house while sheltering in place. But what about real estate? Are people who live in pet-friendly buildings happier? Are their apartments more valuable? Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that they are.…

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I Was Ready to Help Fight the Pandemic. Then I Got Sick Myself.

In 2016, Dr. David Hirsch, a maxillofacial surgeon, performed pro bono reconstructive surgery on Dustin E. Kirby, a Navy corpsman who was struck in the face by a bullet while serving in a Marine Corps infantry battalion in Iraq in 2006. In March he contracted Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. While recovering…

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Love Letter: What Are the Rules of a Pandemic Breakup?

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] The coronavirus has already begun to transform relationships, for better and for worse. For some, the pandemic has created a need for deeper connections. Others see it as the time to end already failing…

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What Is the Difference Between Daytime and Nighttime Pajamas?

Archive PhotosGetty Images Sometimes, when I close my eyes, I can still remember what it feels like to wear a bra. Or footwear that isn’t lined with fur. What I can’t remember is when time stopped holding meaning, so lately my hours are marked by when it feels right to brew coffee versus uncork wine.…

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How to Stock Your Liquor Cabinet

So you want to start a home bar. Maybe it’s a lifelong dream; maybe it’s all those quarantinis on Instagram. Maybe you’re looking to master the art of the cocktail; maybe you just want something to sip after a long day spent social distancing. Whatever your goal, the trick to drawing out your inner bartender…

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Is Summer Camp Canceled?

“Ten for two” is an unofficial rallying cry for many lovers of sleepaway summer camps. In three words it reveals an unspoken bargain agreed upon for generations by many American children. They slog through the adult-imposed rules, hypocrisies and indignities foisted on them during the 10 months each year when they’re home with parents and…

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What’s a Pulse Oximeter, and Do I Really Need One at Home?

After working for 10 days at Bellevue Hospital in New York, Dr. Richard Levitan decided to share what he had learned about Covid-19. Too many patients were showing up at the hospital with perilously low oxygen levels, putting them at risk for severe complications and death. But a simple home gadget called a pulse oximeter…

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Shangela Cooks Wiener Schnitzel While ‘Quaranqueening’

D.J. Pierce, better known to his TV fans as Shangela, snapped a pair of tongs as if he were playing castanets and executed a high kick to show off his neon-yellow sneakers. It was lunchtime on Easter Sunday and Mr. Pierce, one of the best-known queens of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” had taken over his grandmother’s…

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The Easier Way to Make a Garden Bed

I’ve tried various methods of making a garden bed. Years ago, I invested in building a raised-bed vegetable garden with rot-resistant 2-by-12 lumber. It has served me well, as have the in-ground beds that were heroically double-dug, adhering to the soil-preparation practices of the modern organic farming pioneers Alan Chadwick and John Jeavons. I hope…

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Trump Asks if Sunlight Can Kill Viruses. ‘Not as a Treatment,’ Birx Says.

President Trump has long pinned his hopes on the powers of sunlight to defeat the Covid-19 virus. On Thursday, he returned to that theme at the daily White House coronavirus briefing, bringing in a top administration scientist to back up his assertions and eagerly theorizing — dangerously, in the view of some experts — about…

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