‘A Week of Snow Days’? Ha! Families Deal With Cabin Fever

Anita Tandon and Sujit Chakravarthy, parents of three young children, ages 3 months to 7 years old, have taken extreme measures to keep order in their home during quarantine. “At 9 o’clock, school’s in session and I stop being ‘Mommy,’” said Ms. Tandon, who runs a marketing advisory firm in Burlingame, Calif. “They have to…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Online Video Meetings

In the age of coronavirus, many of us have transformed overnight from office workers into telecommuters. And we are increasingly relying on videoconferencing apps like Zoom and FaceTime to correspond with our peers. But inevitably, with our homes and workplaces merging into one, the boundaries between our personal and professional lives are beginning to erode…

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How ‘Muscle Memory’ May Help Keep Us Fit

For those of us sheltering at home because of coronavirus and unable to visit the gym or otherwise weight train — which, right now, is most of us — a new study of the inner workings of our muscles should be heartening. It finds that if muscles have been trained in the past, they seem…

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Crepes Don’t Have to Be Fancy to Be Delicious

Somehow, when I think of crepes, I automatically see a guy in a tuxedo flaming a copper pan of Cointreau tableside. White gloves, silver utensils, a heavy and starched tablecloth. Crêpes suzette — butter, sugar and orange liqueur — was the go-to move of my parents’ generation for capping off special dinner parties; I remember…

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Live Coronavirus News, Updates and Video

This briefing is no longer updating. You can find the latest coronavirus news here. Here’s what you need to know: ImagePedestrians and traffic on Fulton Street in Brooklyn.Credit…Demetrius Freeman for The New York Times White House: Anyone who has left New York should self-quarantine. Experts on the White House Coronavirus Task Force expressed alarm on…

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Coronavirus pandemic in Germany: Challenges and options for intervention

The worldwide spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and its associated respiratory disease COVID-19 proceeds at a highly dynamic pace. The Leopoldina has convened an interdisciplinary group of scientists to investigate the current situation. The resulting ad-hoc statement ‘Coronavirus Pandemic in Germany: Challenges and Options for Intervention’ discusses potential health policy options to counter the coronavirus…

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Snake venom evolved for prey not protection

It is estimated that every year, over 100,000 human deaths can be attributed to snakebite from the world’s 700 venomous snake species — all inflicted in self-defence when the snakes feel threatened by encroaching humans. However, a new piece of research concludes that snake venom did not evolve as a defence mechanism. Senior Lecturer Dr…

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Female lifespan is longer in wild mammal animals than in humans

On average, women live longer than men: About 90% of people reaching 110 years old or more are women. The current record holder is Jeanne Calment, who was 122 years old, when she died in 1997. Now a new study shows, that even greater differences in lifespan are found in wild mammals. The average female…

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Low risk of coronavirus spreading through tears

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — March 25, 2020 — While researchers are certain that coronavirus spreads through mucus and droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing, it is unclear if the virus is spread through other bodily fluids, such as tears. Today’s just-published study offers evidence that it is unlikely that infected patients are shedding virus through…

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