When Duty Calls, and Menaces

We’re a married couple, both doctors, originally drawn to medicine because we want to be of value at times of need. But as Chicago approaches its projected surge, and with infections likely continuing for months, we’re debating what we can and should do. If we’re asked to treat Covid-19 patients, we want to help, in…

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Online Balls and Making Art

With the New York party scene on hiatus, here is how some patrons and society figures are spending their time and resources during the coronavirus pandemic. David Kratz Age: 62 Occupation: president of the New York Academy of Art Favorite charities: Women in Need; the Heart of Art, an auction for the American Nurses Foundation.…

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Love Letter: Reunited After a Long-Distance Marriage

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] The coronavirus has forced many couples to make difficult decisions about their living arrangements. For some, their proximity to virus hot spots has caused them to shelter in place separately, while others have expedited…

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You’ll Never Guess the Secret Ingredient in This One-Bowl Cake

Born out of a scarcity of fresh eggs, chocolate mayonnaise cake was one of those Depression-era recipes that sounds a lot stranger than it tastes. After all, cakes rely on eggs and fat for tenderness and richness, and mayo is made of exactly those things, plus some salt and vinegar to give it tang. But…

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A Day of Delivering Meals and Hope

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Traffic lights signal to empty streets. Parks are deserted, except for the squirrels. And no one knows for sure whether this city’s famed racecourse will open this year. But on Monday morning, as a hard rain pelted the windows, the main room of the Salvation Army building downtown was bustling with…

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We All Live in Bubbles Now. How Safe Is Yours?

The problem was not the girlfriend, the singer, the drummer and the guitarist told their recording engineer. They liked his girlfriend. They trusted his girlfriend. It was her four roommates and their friends and their lovers. Who were they seeing? What were they touching? And so the members of Sure Sure, a self-described “art pop…

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Is the Virus on My Clothes? My Shoes? My Hair? My Newspaper?

When we asked readers to send their questions about coronavirus, a common theme emerged: Many people are fearful about tracking the virus into their homes on their clothes, their shoes, the mail and even the newspaper. We reached out to infectious disease experts, aerosol scientists and microbiologists to answer reader questions about the risks of…

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Roasted Chicken Makes Everything Better

Nothing says “everything is going to be all right” like a roast chicken dinner. To me, a juicy, crisp-skinned bird is more comforting than mac and cheese or even chicken soup, and a lot more satisfying, especially when I get to devour the glistening, burnished tail. But when there’s no room in the freezer for…

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All Dressed Up, With No Prom to Go To

A canceled date, another detention, an ill-timed zit: When you’re in high school, any number of problems can make it feel like the end of the world has arrived. Luckily, for those of us who’ve already graduated, a global pandemic never made the list. But for students in the class of 2020, the Covid-19 crisis…

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Coronavirus Updates: China Raises Wuhan Death Toll by 50 Percent

Here’s what you need to know: ImageMedical workers transported the body of a coronavirus victim at a hospital in Wuhan, China, in February.Credit…Chinatopix, via Associated Press China revises its figures in Wuhan, adding 50 percent more deaths. Faced with mounting skepticism over its official figures, China on Friday revised upward its death toll in the…

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