How NOT to Wear a Mask

April 8, 2020 Wearing a face mask takes some getting used to. To get the most benefit, you need to avoid these common mistakes. Almost overnight, masks in a variety of colors, styles and materials have appeared on the faces of people around us. While it’s good news that many people are doing their part…

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Feeling Down? Anxious? Hostile? A 4-Day-a-Week Exercise Regimen May Help

During these trying times, exercise could provide indispensable mental-health support for many of us, according to a timely new study. The study finds that among a generally healthy but sedentary group of adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s, working out lowers levels of depression, hostility and other negative feelings. The study also finds that…

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How We Gather Digitally Now

Easter and Passover are here. Ramadan is on the horizon. Graduations and canceled proms are ahead. What are we all supposed to do? Hello! We’re all trying to keep human gatherings meaningful in an age of isolation. You can keep up with our new podcast “Together Apart” on Apple or Spotify. Our host is Priya…

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10 Ways to Save Passover and Easter This Year

Here’s what you need to think about if you’re trying to transform your annual in-person holiday into a digital experience. It can be done! But it’s going to take some work. Welcome to “Together Apart” — you can subscribe on Apple or Spotify. How do we make gatherings meaningful when we can’t be physically together?…

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Cuomo, Fauci, Birx: The New Influencers

There is currently a petition, on change.org, to nominate Dr. Anthony Fauci, the 79-year-old director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the country’s coronavirus medical expert, as People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. By the evening of April 7, it had over 11,500 signatures. Dr. Fauci’s face, with his small wire-rim glasses…

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For H.I.V. Survivors, a Feeling of Weary Déjà Vu

Three weeks ago, a spring breaker in Miami became a symbol of Gen Z denialism when he spoke to CBS News and said that coronavirus wasn’t going to get in the way of his partying. Outrage was swift, but one person who felt a touch of recognition was Peter Staley, one of the country’s most…

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Is My Takeout Risking Lives or Saving Restaurants?

LOS ANGELES — The very small, mundane things that have become dangerous in the context of the pandemic are the ones I miss the most — a kiss on the cheek from a friend meeting me at a crowded bar, a packed car ride to the beach, a hot cheese pizza carried home in a…

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With A.I., the Secret Life of Pets Is Not So Secret

This article is part of our latest Artificial Intelligence special report, which focuses on how the technology continues to evolve and affect our lives. Most dog owners intuitively understand what their pet is saying. They know the difference between a bark for “I’m hungry” and one for “I’m hurt.” Soon, a device at home will…

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Hotels Open as ‘Comforting Refuge’ for Health Care Workers

Days after closing for the first time in its 200-year-history, Claridge’s, the storied luxury hotel in London’s Mayfair district reopened on April 3 to 40 doctors, nurses and other National Health Service workers responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Claridge’s is one of many hotels around the world that shuttered to the public in recent weeks…

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China’s Coronavirus Battle Is Waning. Its Propaganda Fight Is Not.

HONG KONG — For months the Chinese government’s propaganda machine had been fending off criticism of Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, and finally, it seemed to be finding an audience. Voices from the World Health Organization to the Serbian government to the rapper Cardi B hailed China’s approach as decisive and responsible. But China…

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