Coronavirus Contact Tracing Jobs Are on the Rise

When Jessica Jaramillo calls someone to talk about the coronavirus, she usually starts with something like this: “Hi, my name is Jessica. I’m calling on behalf of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. I’m part of a contact-tracing team, and our job is to reach people who have come into close contact with someone…

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Target Announces New Designer Dress Collection With Cushnie, LoveShackFancy, and Lisa Marie Fernandez

Through its Design For All collaboration series, Target gifted customers two decades worth of designer collaborations featuring the likes of Missoni, Rodarte, Proenza Schouler, and and ranging from kids’ clothes to home goods. Now Target is introducing a new designer collaboration series built entirely around the most important wardrobe staple—the dress. The Designer Dress Collection,…

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Publishers Snap Up Corona Books, From Case Studies to Plague Poetry

At the end of March, Alice Quinn, the former executive director of the Poetry Society of America, emailed 125 poets across the United States, asking if any of them had written verses reflecting on life during a pandemic. Responses flooded in. Forty days later, Ms. Quinn had compiled a book with 85 poems about isolation,…

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This Is the Best Tofu Recipe

Yewande’s the greatest, and that tofu situation is firmly in my running list of top 5 recipes of the year. R.S.V.P., if you would, and come join us on Thursday. (Definitely make the recipe this week so you can thank her in person.) Here’s another great recipe, which Mark Bittman pulled out of the chef…

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Life in China’s Wuhan After the Coronavirus Lockdown Ends

They have delighted in the small things, like getting bubble tea and takeout noodles. They have rediscovered places like the neighborhood playground. They have searched for new vocabularies to describe their losses. For more than two months, the people of Wuhan, China, lived under lockdown as their city buckled beneath the weight of the coronavirus…

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The Joy of Having Plans Cancel Themselves

ImageCredit…Illustration by David Furst/The New York Times No longer do I have to make creative excuses for the things I don’t want to do. Science and nature have done that for me. May 18, 2020 We isolated as a family a full 10 days before others; one of my sons has asthma, and it was…

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How to Maintain Motivation in a Pandemic

Maintaining motivation is becoming an increasing challenge for many people slogging through life curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic. Initially facing weeks confined to our homes, we tackled, with some satisfaction, long-neglected chores like weaning closets of clothes that no longer fit our bodies or lifestyles, reorganizing drawers and emptying pantries and refrigerators of forgotten foodstuffs.…

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Illinois Threatens to Fine Defiant Businesses as Reopening Tensions Rise Nationally

Here’s what you need to know: Illinois makes it a misdemeanor for business owners who flout pandemic restrictions. ImageIn the face of increasing disregard of stay-at home-orders, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has increased the penalty for businesses that violate efforts to slow the rate of Covid-19 infections.Credit…Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press The owners of restaurants, bars and other…

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Shopping for Planters

Bringing greenery inside is important if you’re going to be spending a lot of time indoors. But don’t just focus on the plants. A well-designed container “allows you to curate your plant choices to create something that feels special and personal,” said Aaron Booher, a principal at Future Green Studio, a landscape design firm in…

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