Testing Backlogs May Cloud the True Spread of the Coronavirus

As demand for coronavirus testing surges around the nation, laboratories that process samples are again experiencing backlogs that have left anxious patients and their doctors waiting days — sometimes a week or more — for results. At the city and state levels, testing delays could mask persistent rises in case numbers and could cloud ways to combat the…

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Southern Europe Opens Its Doors to Tourists. Not Many Are Coming.

ADEJE, Spain — Music blared from a beachfront cafe along the normally bustling southwestern coast of Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. But several tables sat empty, a month after a Covid-19 lockdown had ended, and the doors to many resorts remained shut. Though tourism is returning to southern Europe — stretching from Portugal…

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Trump Administration Aims to Block New Funding for Coronavirus Testing and Tracing

Here’s what you need to know: ImageMembers of the Wisconsin National Guard organizing tests for the coronavirus in Milwaukee on Friday.Credit…Joshua Lott for The New York Times The White House pushes to eliminate billions from a relief proposal drafted by Senate Republicans. The Trump administration has balked at providing billions of dollars to fund coronavirus…

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During Coronavirus Lockdowns, Some Doctors Wondered: Where Are the Preemies?

This spring, as countries around the world told people to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, doctors in neonatal intensive care units were noticing something strange: Premature births were falling, in some cases drastically. It started with doctors in Ireland and Denmark. Each team, unaware of the other’s work, crunched the numbers…

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How to Date During a Pandemic

Dating is a complicated and often clumsy dance even in the best of times. Add in mask-wearing directives, social distancing and fear of a highly contagious virus for which there is no cure, and you get… well, an awful lot of people going out and doing some version of it anyway. A survey conducted by…

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Travel The World With Your Ears

At this point in the summer — and the pandemic — the desire to escape to a place far away might be overwhelming. Even with so many borders closed, podcasts can transport you elsewhere, making them a good alternative to real, out-of-the-house travel. Here’s a collection of immersive audio experiences that are almost as immersive…

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Frans Nieuwendam, Who Knew Style and Had It, Dies at 60

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. In 2009 The New York Post profiled some of the gatekeepers working doors at the city’s trendiest nightspots. One was Frans Nieuwendam, who had counterintuitive advice for women hoping to gain his approval for admission…

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Family-Friendly Movies Made by Diverse Filmmakers

For parents trying to figure out how to talk to their children about racism, film can be a useful tool for generating empathy. But many family-friendly movies with diverse casts are told from a white perspective, for a white audience. That can rob people of color of their turns as the hero, nullifying their voices.…

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Mistrust of a Coronavirus Vaccine Could Imperil Widespread Immunity

Almost daily, President Trump and leaders worldwide say they are racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine, in perhaps the most urgent mission in the history of medical science. But the repeated assurances of near-miraculous speed are exacerbating a problem that has largely been overlooked and one that public health experts say must be addressed now:…

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