As Coronavirus Looms, a Hospital Begins Sterilizing Masks for Reuse

Facing a dire shortage of protective face masks for health care workers, administrators at the University of Nebraska Medical Center decided they had no choice. Masks are certified for one-time use only. But on Thursday, the center began an experimental procedure to decontaminate its masks with ultraviolet light and reuse them. Administrators plan to use…

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Coronavirus Test: What My Experience Was Like

Around the country, the number of coronaviruses cases is on the rise, with an increasing number of people getting tested, at walk-in clinics to drive-through sites or visits with their doctors. Here are some of the experiences and bits of advice from five people who have been able to get tested. The situation is constantly…

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Local Independent Restaurants May Not Survive the Coronavirus Pandemic

It took two months for JoAnn Clevenger to reopen Upperline, a traditional Creole restaurant in New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina devastated that city in 2005. This time, a virus has closed the place, probably for a lot longer. It didn’t take long for her to realize that a takeout operation wouldn’t keep the business alive,…

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Idled Cruise Line’s Offer: Use Our Ships as Hospitals. Is That a Good Idea?

WASHINGTON — The idea was floated between friends. At White House news conferences on Thursday and Friday, President Trump told reporters that Micky Arison, a former business associate and the chairman of Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise operator, had offered to make its ships available as floating hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. They would…

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In Italy, Coronavirus Takes a Higher Toll on Men

The coronavirus is striking, and felling, more Italian men than women, and some experts are warning that being male may be a risk factor for the illness, just as older age is. The Italian trend mirrors one seen in China, where men were more likely than women to die of Covid-19. In Italy, more men…

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15 Summer Boots That Don’t Require a Pedicure

We’re patiently awaiting summer and all it has to offer: no makeup, a healthy diet of watermelon and natural wine, and the end-of-quarantine dream of being on the beach with, gasp, people. It’s natural to reach for sandals when the season hits, but we’ve found that a good pair of boots is an under-appreciated savior…

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10 Binge-Worthy Art Podcasts in the Age of Coronavirus

Many museums and galleries have closed in attempts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but the conversation about art keeps going — and you can get your fix of the art talk (and also the gossip) through a growing number of art podcasts. Hosts include curators, art writers and artists. Here are my picks…

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Got Potatoes and Tuna? You’re Most of the Way to Dinner

Of all the comforting, carb-heavy starches of the kitchen, potatoes rarely make it to the center of the plate. Unlike rice and pasta, which often take the starring role in main courses, potatoes are relegated to the sidelines — usually as fluffy fleshed arm candy to some meaty protein hogging the limelight. But to me,…

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A Different Way to Chart the Spread of Coronavirus

The arc of coronavirus cases in Italy is frightening, continuing to jump by hundreds each day. But a public-health official looking at those numbers will see definite signs that the nationwide lockdown, imposed to keep individuals apart and the virus from spreading, is working. The data look very different when plotted on what is called…

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When Stocking Grocery Shelves Turns Dangerous

They are a new class of emergency medical workers: the more than two million Americans reporting to work each day to sell food and other household staples to a country in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic. As shoppers swarm stores, snapping up everything from milk to toilet paper, cashiers are there to ring them…

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