Traders Seek China’s Masks to Help U.S. Hospitals Battle the Coronavirus

SHANGHAI — Million-dollar wire transfers to strangers. Rumors of hidden supplies in forgotten warehouses. Wheeler-dealers trying to talk regulators and customs officials into letting that one precious shipment through. Global desperation to protect front-line medical workers battling the coronavirus epidemic has spurred a mad international scramble for masks and other protective gear. Governments, hospital chains,…

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Lorena Borjas, Transgender Immigrant Activist, Dies at 59

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. When transgender women in Queens needed a safe place to be tested for H.I.V., Lorena Borjas turned her home into a clinic. When others were arrested and charged with prostitution, she bailed them out. When…

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10 Bag Trends To Carry You Through Summer

Since everyone is stuck at home, the idea of carrying a bag that isn’t just a grocery store tote feels like a world away. Don’t fret, because once summer hits there will be a new set of trends to fawn over, plucked straight from the runways. We’re talking about supersized styles from Marni, an ongoing…

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This Puerto Rican Sculptor Meets Disaster With Spirit

For the artist Daniel Lind-Ramos, a local hero in Puerto Rico whose altarlike assemblage sculptures of everyday objects have belatedly found acclaim on the mainland, the past month was to have been a celebration of his new visibility, which began with last year’s Whitney Biennial. In early March, his first New York solo exhibition opened…

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Some Coronavirus Patients Show Signs of Stroke, Seizures and Confusion

Neurologists around the world say that a small subset of patients with Covid-19 are developing serious impairments of the brain. Although fever, cough and difficulty breathing are the typical hallmarks of infection with the new coronavirus, some patients exhibit altered mental status, or encephalopathy, a catchall term for brain disease or dysfunction that can have…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: States Clamp Down After White House’s Dire Warning

Here’s what you need to know: ImageShuttered businesses in Washington last week. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs in recent weeks.Credit…Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times Menaced by the economic downturn, the federal government weighs an infrastructure push to create jobs. Fears are growing that the global downturn could be far more punishing…

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Obamacare Markets Will Not Reopen, Trump Decides

ImagePresident Trump late last week on his way to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia.Credit…Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images The Trump administration has decided against reopening the Affordable Care Act’s Healthcare.gov marketplaces to new customers, despite broad layoffs and growing fears that people will be uninsured during the coronavirus outbreak. The option to reopen markets, in what is…

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Acupuncture May Ease Migraines

Acupuncture may provide benefits for easing migraine headaches, researchers report. A randomized trial, published in BMJ, included 147 patients who had episodic migraines without aura, and who had never had acupuncture. Half the patients were assigned to 20 sessions of manual acupuncture. The other half got either a sham acupuncture procedure using non-penetrating needles or…

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How to Make Bread at Any Skill Level

Bread baking is a journey, and an extremely rewarding one at that. With each loaf, you’ll watch your skills grow and develop, and you’ll gain a keen understanding of the process. As you get better, you’ll know what to look for, and how to read your dough’s cues (it’s alive, after all!). You may come…

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The Coronavirus Patients Betrayed by Their Own Immune Systems

The 42-year-old man arrived at a hospital in Paris on March 17 with a fever, cough and the “ground glass opacities” in both lungs that are a trademark of infection with the new coronavirus. Two days later, his condition suddenly worsened and his oxygen levels dropped. His body, doctors suspected, was in the grip of…

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