Weighing Risks for My Patients at a Time of Covid-19

My patients continue to have medical problems that are not related to the coronavirus. But now, when I offer recommendations — especially those that possibly involve putting themselves at risk of contracting a Covid-19 infection — they often reject my advice. Of course, my patients have a point. Not only has the coronavirus killed hundreds…

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People Have Gone Full 1800s

“I’ve gone full Victorian,” said Rhian Rees, 34, of flower pressing, a childhood hobby she’s rediscovered in quarantine. “It feels like we’re back in the old days when life felt more fragile.” On a recent hike in Santa Clarita, Calif., Ms. Rees, an actor originally from England and now living in the Los Feliz neighborhood…

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What Do Famous People’s Bookshelves Reveal?

Bibliophiles do not approach bookshelves lightly. A stranger’s collection is to us a window to their soul. We peruse with judgment, sometimes admiration and occasionally repulsion (Ayn Rand?!). With celebrities now frequently speaking on television in front of their home libraries, a voyeuristic pleasure presents itself: Are they actually really like us? Cate Blanchett ImageCredit…CBS…

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As Georgia Reopens, Virus Study Shows Black Residents May Bear Brunt

As Georgia reopens many businesses over objections from President Trump and others, a new study illustrates the high rates of coronavirus infection among black people in the state. The report, released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that more than four-fifths of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the study were black. They…

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No One to Hunker Down With

Three days before the governor of my state issued his stay at home order, the 45-year-old man I’d been dating for a month told me he was self-isolating. “But we saw each other yesterday!” I said. “We ate in a restaurant!” He would have none of it. “Don’t try to use your logic on me,”…

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Her M.R.I. Came Back Normal After a Seizure. Could It Be Covid-19?

“Honey” — the woman could hear fear tightening her husband’s voice as he called out to her — “I think your mother just died.” She ran into the living room. Her 78-year-old mother sat rigid in a chair, her skin gray and lifeless. Her eyes were open but all white, as if she were trying…

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Chanel’s ‘Fashion Watch’ Set the Fashion

PARIS — In the online forums where watch nerds and collectors gather to discuss the industry and grumble about brand marketing and rocketing prices, the Chanel J12 is often referred to as a fashion watch. You know, one of those timepieces more at home in the scented, accessorized and couture-wearing world of its Parisian headquarters…

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It’s Time at Luxury Resale Sites

A few months ago, before nonessential stores were closed, Karen Oberman, a department store personal shopper who lives just north of New York City, bought a timepiece she had admired for a while: a white ceramic and stainless steel Chanel J12 Phantom, a 38-millimeter watch with a skeletonized back. She purchased it through the RealReal,…

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Does ‘participatory budgeting’ lead to political patronage?

Participatory Budgeting began in Brazil in 1988 and then, in 2011, New York City adopted the practice, giving citizens an opportunity to determine priorities for public spending in their communities. A study of the impact of this ongoing experiment in direct democracy was conducted by Professor Thad Calabrese of NYU Wagner. The analysis, just published…

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Telemedicine transforms response to COVID-19 pandemic in disease epicenter

A rapid increase in «virtual» visits during the COVID-19 pandemic could transform the way physicians provide care in the United States going forward, according to a new study led by researchers from NYU Grossman School of Medicine. The findings, published online this week in the Journal of the American Informatics Association, captures the largest experience…

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