When Will the Pandemic End? And How?

Here’s what you need to know: When will this end? And how will we know? ImageA Sicilian fresco of “The Triumph of Death” from 1445. In the previous century, the Black Death killed at least a third of Europe’s population.Credit…Werner Forman/Universal Images Group, via Getty Images When will the Covid-19 pandemic end? And how? According…

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Doing the Bump With the Belugas

Beneath the waves, two smoldering coals for eyes watched me with an intense, unyielding stare. Pristine white bodies floated up elegantly from the depths, one after another, surrounding my kayak in the open water. Their ghostly pale faces with wide, Joker-esque smiles pushed closer. A long, powerful sound burst up through the air, like a…

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They Fled the Coronavirus. Now They’re in Scenic Limbo.

The day before Megan LeCrone, a soloist dancer with the New York City Ballet, turned 36, she got an urgent call from her longtime friend and fellow soloist Harrison Ball. “If we don’t leave now, we’re not going to be able to get out,” he told her. The date was March 20, when only 17,000…

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A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine

Even if no other good for health care emerges from the coronavirus crisis, one development — the incorporation of telemedicine into routine medical care — promises to be transformative. Using technology that already exists and devices that most people have in their homes, medical practice over the internet can result in faster diagnoses and treatments,…

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Putting a Dollar Value on Life? Governments Already Do

How much money is a life worth? To many, the answer is so obvious that the question is offensive: Life is immeasurably valuable. No price is too high. During the pandemic, some economists and health experts have said there’s not necessarily a need to weigh the balance between saving lives and saving the economy —…

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Colorado Hair Salons Are Reopening, With New Rules

LOVELAND, Colo. — Last Tuesday, during the first few days that this state loosened restrictions on businesses that were temporarily closed because of the novel coronavirus, Blush Beauty Bar reopened for appointments. It was the first time that customers had been allowed inside the hair salon in 48 days, and the stylists were booked solid.…

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How to Rethink Your Wedding

Let’s just be real. If your wedding was planned as a big gathering in the next couple weeks (probably even months), and you don’t want to cancel, now is the time to pivot to a virtual ceremony. We’ve thought about ways to replan your wedding virtually and engage your friends and family. Let’s talk. Who…

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No Natural Light? No Problem

People are finding all sorts of ways to pass the time in isolation: working on 3,000-piece jigsaw puzzles, stress-baking bread, watching celebrities practice social distancing in their sunlit, open-plan homes filled with thriving houseplants and surrounded by immaculate landscaping. If you’d resisted plant mania before, you may now see that empty corner of your apartment…

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The microbiome controls immune system fitness

Working alongside colleagues in Mainz, Bern, Hannover and Bonn, researchers from Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) and the German Rheumatism Research Center Berlin (DRFZ) were able to show how the microbiome helps to render the immune system capable of responding to pathogens. If absent, relevant mediators are not released, resulting…

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One-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for treating hypertension in pregnancy

Treatment guidelines for hypertension in pregnancy suggest that more women should be on medication to control their blood pressure. However, new research led by the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) suggests that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work when it comes to women’s treatment decisions during pregnancy. The findings, published recently in the…

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