C.D.C. Warns Against Drinking Hand Sanitizer

ImageA funeral attendant providing hand sanitizer to a mourner arriving for a visitation in Elsa, Texas.Credit…Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times Federal health authorities issued a formal warning on Wednesday about the dangers of drinking hand sanitizer and alerted poison control centers across the nation to be on the lookout for cases of methanol…

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Five-Minute Coronavirus Stress Resets

In this emotional equivalent to an ultramarathon, it’s key to have some stress-reducing strategies available that work quickly and efficiently to help you hit the reset button. Here’s why: Struggling with chronic worry gets in the way of effectively managing your emotions. Unfortunately, many people who experience distress try to escape their unpleasant emotions by…

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Organizing Your Face Masks

Roughly 80 percent of Americans say they wear face masks when they expect to be within 6 feet of other people, according to recent national surveys. That’s a lot of face masks. Disposable masks, of course, just get thrown out. But many people prefer more stylish permanent styles, which has led to a variety of…

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My Name Is Karen. What Can I Do About the Meme?

I am one of the many women who now find our name used as an insult or shorthand for an obnoxious, entitled, occasionally racist creature who demands to speak to the manager or calls the police for no good reason. I know this is not the biggest problem. But it really hurts me, especially since…

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White Customers, Black Fabrics

The recent outpouring of support for Black-owned businesses has brought attention to fashion labels that work with African prints. The labels, many of them founded by West African designers living in the United States and Britain, are turning the traditional patterns of West African fabric into contemporary American silhouettes. “May was our biggest month ever,…

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Can a Physically Taxing Job Be Bad for Our Brains?

Regular exercise helps to bulk up our brains and improve thinking skills, numerous studies show. But physically demanding jobs, even if they are being carried out in an office, might have a different and opposite effect, according to a provocative new study of almost 100 older people and their brains and work histories. It finds…

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Fast, Less Accurate Coronavirus Tests May Ease the U.S. Backlog, Experts Say

For months, the call for coronavirus testing has been led by one resounding refrain: To keep outbreaks under control, doctors and researchers need to deploy the most accurate tests available — ones reliable enough to root out as many infections as possible, even in the absence of symptoms. That’s long been the dogma of infectious…

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Postal Service Funding Dispute Complicates Impasse Over U.S. Virus Stimulus

This briefing has ended. Read live coronavirus updates here. Here’s what you need to know: ImageDemocrats and voting-rights groups have charged that cuts to mail funding are part of a deliberate effort by President Trump to interfere with mail-in voting critical to a safe election in November. Credit…Andrew Kelly/Reuters A dispute over Postal Service funding…

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Water, Sand and Plenty of Elbow Room on 8 Wild, Protected Coastlines

The grandmother of American conservation, Mardy Murie, once called the national parks our “best idea.” And this year, with foreign travel all but canceled, some of these celebrated domestic destinations have reached new heights of jam-packed popularity — and that, of course, presents challenges during a pandemic. Despite the breathing room offered by the Great…

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Is Your Child an Orchid, a Tulip or a Dandelion?

The new mother from a rural area near Burlington, Vt., noticed that her toddler’s behavior didn’t seem to fit the descriptions in the child-rearing books she was reading. Her daughter would burst into tears when she heard a loud bird call or a person singing out of tune, or if she wore scratchy clothes. And…

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