Coronavirus Is Hiding in Plain Sight

Scientists tracking the spread of the coronavirus reported on Monday that, for every confirmed case, there are most likely another five to 10 people in the community with undetected infections. These often-milder cases are, on average, about half as infectious as confirmed ones, but are responsible for nearly 80 percent of new cases, according to…

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A Compendium of Everyday Objects

The subtitle for this compact guide to the history of household items calls them “everyday.” Though most of the 63 alphabetical entries — like napkins, forks and even picnic baskets — are common enough, there’s also a more arcane jib door, Louis XIV chair and flokati rug. Many items have evolved from ancient or Medieval…

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A Dish Rack That’s Ready to Accommodate

Like a dining table with leaves, this new stainless-steel and plastic dish rack from the Museum of Modern Art can go, when needed, from accommodating dinner for two to a bigger party. Pull out the tray, and it stretches from 12.5 inches to 20.75. Other features in the rack from Joseph Joseph, a maker of…

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A Frantic Few Days for Restaurants Is Only the Beginning

I had a real peach of a review lined up for this week, too. Last Wednesday, when I finished it, I still imagined that New York City’s restaurants would continue to look and act in some recognizable manner through March and maybe April, if only we could slow the spread of the new, terrifyingly contagious…

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Airlines Cut International Flights in Response to the Pandemic

This weekend, airlines announced cuts to their international flights in response to the sudden drop in travel demand resulting from the spread of the coronavirus and subsequent travel bans. But, travelers who must fly from the United States to points far afield still can — at least for now. For their part, airlines want to…

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Live Coronavirus Updates Globally

Here’s what you need to know: ImageNear the Louvre in Paris on Sunday.Credit…Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times Global restrictions rise, but so do the number of new infections. Countries closed borders, cities from New York and Los Angeles to Paris and Madrid closed bars and restaurants, schools closed more classrooms and hundreds of…

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Cooking for Comfort

Good morning. How’s it going for you right now, where you stay? It’s unsettling, what’s happening in our nation and across the world, and it’s maybe super-unsettling what’s happening in your neighborhood, your village, your building, your apartment, your head. Loads of people are sitting scared, some frozen, unsure what to do besides look at…

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LVMH Is Using Its Factories to Produce Hand Sanitizer to Fight Coronavirus

Daniele VenturelliGetty Images It wasn’t until the threat of a rapidly spreading, disruptive pandemic that people started to stock up on hand sanitizers. The New York Times reported that a man from Tennessee stockpiled 17,700 (!) bottles of hand sanitizer. (He’s since donated them). Take a trip to any local drugstore—or any grocery store, really—and…

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Coronavirus Vaccine Dreams

I find myself fantasizing about a Covid-19 vaccine that will get us back to living our lives. About a triumphant announcement that the trial was a resounding success, and science has won, that there is a safe effective vaccine in production, and that we should all line up to get our shots — a vaccine…

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