Restaurants Across the Country Struggle to Respond to Coronavirus

Restaurants across America are scrambling to respond to fast-moving developments as the coronavirus spreads. In New York State, bars and restaurants learned Thursday that they would have to cut the number of customers they serve by half starting Friday, to provide more room between tables, under an order from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Tom Douglas,…

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As Studio 54 Boogies to Brooklyn, Its Denizens Look Back in Wonder

The diamond dust was swept up long ago, yet the memory endures of a moment in the late 1970s when a flash of brilliance glittered from the rubble of a bankrupt city. That moment was called Studio 54 and, even after more than four decades, the aura of the club’s specific magic persists. Opening during…

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Where Westchester Teens Get Their Coronavirus News

“Westchester memes is how people know what’s going on,” Quinn Muller said. She’s 14 and lives in Sleepy Hollow, in Westchester County. She, and many of her peers in towns just north of New York City, are using local meme pages as their news source for updates about the new coronavirus. In particular, Instagram accounts…

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U.S. Hospitals Prepare for Coronavirus, With the Worst Still to Come

WASHINGTON — One Seattle-area hospital has already seen patient care delayed by the stringent infection-control practices that the government recommended for suspected coronavirus cases. Another in Chicago switched Thursday morning into “surge” mode, setting up triage tents in its ambulance bay and dedicating an entire floor to coronavirus patients. At least one is already receiving…

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Why Women May Face a Greater Risk of Catching Coronavirus

“Across the board, gender issues were ignored.” — Julia Smith, a health policy researcher at Simon Fraser University [In Her Words is available as a newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox.] As the coronavirus snakes its way around the world — canceling events, shuttering offices and suspending classes — some…

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Your Phone is Filthy. Here’s How to Clean it

The coronavirus is here, and it’s showing no signs of letting up. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to keep your hands clean and off your face, but it’s hard to maintain constant vigilance. Keeping your phone sanitized is another smart way to keep germs off your fingertips. The Centers for Disease…

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Why Coronavirus Is a Special Risk to Half of Americans

The new coronavirus is a serious threat to the elderly, as federal officials have been at pains to note recently. But they have stepped gingerly around advice for another group of Americans also at special risk from the infection: those with chronic health conditions. It is not a small group. Roughly half of all Americans…

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The World Has a Plan to Fight Coronavirus. Most Countries Are Not Using it.

For weeks, the World Health Organization resisted declaring the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, fearing that doing so would incite panic across the globe. But facing the cameras on Wednesday, the agency’s director general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, did just that, asking for global unity to “change the course of this pandemic.” It was a symbolic…

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Embattled L Brands Appoints Sarah Nash as Board Chair

L Brands, the owner of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, said on Thursday that Sarah Nash would be its new chair, replacing Leslie H. Wexner, the retail mogul who founded and ran the company for decades before coming under intense scrutiny for his ties to the sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein. Ms. Nash, the…

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