Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy Deemed ‘Essential Workers’ in New Zealand

Around the world, billions are staying home to curb the spread of the coronavirus, except for medical personnel, police officers, pharmacists, grocery store workers and others who have been deemed essential workers in many places. In New Zealand, that list grew by two after the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced on Monday that the Easter…

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Should You Breastfeed if You Have the Coronavirus?

As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, we’re working to answer the questions on many parents’ minds. This is a fast-moving situation, so some information may be outdated. For the latest updates, read The New York Times’s live coronavirus coverage here. If you have a newborn and have tested positive for the coronavirus or…

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To Study a Problem That’s Everywhere, They’re Getting Creative

SAN DIEGO — Three years ago, Dimitri Deheyn noticed intensely blue stringy shapes as he examined jellyfish samples through a microscope in his marine biology lab at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. He assumed his lens was dirty, so he wiped it off with a special cloth. Then…

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How to Put Your Pantry in Order (and Stop Wasting Food)

I always thought my pantry was under control. I like to cook, my wife enjoys baking, and we like to think of ourselves as reasonably organized people. But when we recently dug into the deep, dark recesses of our cabinet to make way for the additional staples that would support an extended stay at home,…

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We Are All Doing the Best That We Can

Good morning. I took the dog to the beach on Saturday, stayed a long way away from people, stared out at the elegant gannets prowling for bunker, at a trio of terns pinwheeling in the sun, at a bufflehead couple floating on the swell. Then I went home and made sourdough pineapple muffins, riffing off…

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How Will We Know When It’s Time to Reopen the Nation?

ImageTimes Square on Friday.Credit…Angela Weiss/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Everyone wants to know when we are going to be able to leave our homes and reopen the United States. That’s the wrong way to frame it. The better question is: “How will we know when to reopen the country?” Any date that is currently being…

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Using Shelter-in-Place Time to Foster Better Family Food Habits

I keep looking for silver linings during the disastrous viral storm we’re now struggling through. Maybe, just maybe, the Covid-19 crisis that has kept people out of restaurants, limited supermarket ventures and prompted more home cooking will result in better eating habits. As things now stand, Americans have a long way to go before they…

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Good-Enough Holidays

You can find neither Peeps nor macaroons on your market shelves, and you are running out of eggs as it is. You are anxious and exhausted, maybe money-troubled, and the holidays are upon us. Can you stand it if I use the word “luckily” right now? Because, luckily, Easter and Passover celebrate not only renewal…

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Men Are Dressing for Zoom

If, for Ryan Dichter, Week 1 of his coronavirus isolation was a time for dandling his infant daughter, Teddy, slouching around in sweatpants and waiting for the happy-hour start gun, it became clear to him, as the terms of our collective confinement wore on, that the time had come to shower up and tug on…

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I Think We’re Alone Now. Welcome.

I spend a lot of time thinking about what it means to be alone. I’m a writer in my mid-40s who is neither partnered nor has children, so alone is my modus operandi. It is my way of existing in the world (my preferred way, I should add; I quite enjoy my life), and has…

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