Can I Get Coronavirus From Riding an Elevator?

For people who live or work in tall buildings, taking an elevator feels riskier in the time of coronavirus. Even if we can avoid riding the elevator with other people, are we still riding with the germs they left behind? “Elevators are tricky,” said Linsey Marr, an aerosol scientist at Virginia Tech. “It really depends…

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House Hunting in Nicaragua: A Solar-Powered Ranch for $650,000

A Nine-Bedroom Estate Near the Nicaraguan Coast $650,000 This eco-friendly equestrian estate is set on about nine acres outside the popular coastal town of San Juan del Sur, in southwestern Nicaragua. Built in 2009 using salvaged roof tiles and doors, locally sourced wood and other antique or handcrafted materials, the colonial-style property includes nine total…

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A Bloody Mary Mix That Is as Good Virgin as It Is Spiked

When I was a kid, our family used to go to the West Amwell Fire Company chicken dinner every summer. It was advertised for weeks on a big letter-board sign planted in the cornfields along Route 179, and we passed it in the car with building excitement. On the June day, the firefighters rolled up…

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Alone.

Claire Manship belted songs out the window. Ketaki Chowkhani began barking at a stray puppy. Blake Mitchell performed in drag. As millions of people grapple with isolation in a pandemic, those who live alone face a particular kind of solitude. More people live alone now than at any other time in history, a seismic shift…

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Tabitha Brown Is Spreading Joy and Veganism on TikTok

“You want a smoothie bowl? Well, let’s make one.” Tabitha Brown is in her kitchen, cellphone in hand, filming one of the short videos that have made her an unlikely social media sensation. “Almond milk, banana, frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, peaches and mango, oh my!” she says, running down the ingredients for a vegan smoothie…

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Coronavirus Diary: Four Stints in Quarantine, on Two Continents

Before the pandemic, my friends called me “the empress,” a joking reference to my last name. But these days, they have begun referring to me by another, slightly less esteemed royal moniker: I am now the Quarantine Queen. That’s because in the last three months, I have completed four rounds of quarantine in four cities,…

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Don’t Get Dressed Without Watching This Show

We are all dressing for TV now — or at least for the small screen. As we sit in our homes, Zooming and FaceTiming, how we look on these little boxes has taken on outsize importance. No wonder, then, that what other people wear has also become of obsessive interest. Think of Deborah Birx’s scarves…

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Is It Safe to Go Back to the Gym?

Is it safe to return to the gym? As a growing number of communities ease the stay-at-home mandates they had put in place to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, gyms are beginning to reopen their doors — even as the virus continues to infect thousands more every day. To find out more about…

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The Pandemic Work Diary of Netflix’s Queer Champion

Fran Tirado is producing queer content and only queer content. “I’m just so uninterested in making anything that is not for queer-trans audiences,” he said. At Netflix, his job title is brand and editorial strategy lead for L.G.B.T.Q. content. That means developing concepts for shows like “I Like to Watch,” in which two drag queens…

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