Hawaii to Visitors: We’ll Pay You to Leave

In Hawaii, the spirit of aloha normally greets visitors with warmth and welcome. Now, while the state has discouraged visitors by requiring them to self-quarantine for 14 days, that culture of generosity might extend to a free return ticket home. With a $25,000 grant from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the nonprofit Visitor Aloha Society of…

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20 Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts For Your Perfect Grandmother

In times like these, it is more important than ever to let our loved ones know they are in our thoughts. So don’t let social distancing stop you from celebrating your grandmother this Mother’s Day, which falls on May 10th. We curated a beautiful selection of gift ideas that include a grandma-approved tea kettle, an…

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Could the Power of the Sun Slow the Coronavirus?

Will summertime slow the virus that causes Covid-19, as it has done with many other viruses that sow flu, colds and pneumonia? A new study finds that it may, though not enough to wipe out the pathogen or keep the pandemic from resurging in the fall. The study, done by ecological modelers at the University…

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Trump Muses About Light as Remedy, but Also Disinfectant, Which Is Dangerous

President Trump has long pinned his hopes on the powers of sunlight to defeat the Covid-19 virus. He returned to that theme at the White House coronavirus briefing on Thursday, bringing in a science administrator to back up his assertions and eagerly theorizing about treatments involving the use of household disinfectant that would be dangerous…

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You Don’t Need a Mixer (Just a Whisk!) for This One-Bowl Shortbread

I’ve spent a lot of time baking over these many socially distant weeks, but only very rarely pulled out the electric mixer or food processor. Somehow, the simplicity and intimacy of whisking everything by hand has been extremely satisfying. This is why, when a shortbread craving hit, I didn’t reach for my tried-and-true recipe. I…

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The Most Comforting Chicken

Welcome back to Five Weeknight Dishes. This was the week I killed the sourdough starter. We were close during the first month of quarantine, but with humans to feed, provisioning enough flour and time to keep the relationship alive was getting harder. It was giving me reproachful vibes from the counter every time I passed…

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How Should You Stock Your Medicine Cabinet?

Right now, there is no cure for the coronavirus. And although doctors and researchers are making progress on different ways to treat the illness, much remains uncertain. Many common symptoms continue to be identified, and families staying at home can take steps now to prepare in case someone falls ill, to best monitor one’s health…

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Are People Who Live in Dog-Friendly Buildings Happier?

People who own dogs live longer. They’re healthier. They’re calmer. Their children are less prone to allergies. And they have government-sanctioned reasons to leave the house while sheltering in place. But what about real estate? Are people who live in pet-friendly buildings happier? Are their apartments more valuable? Anecdotal evidence strongly suggests that they are.…

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I Was Ready to Help Fight the Pandemic. Then I Got Sick Myself.

In 2016, Dr. David Hirsch, a maxillofacial surgeon, performed pro bono reconstructive surgery on Dustin E. Kirby, a Navy corpsman who was struck in the face by a bullet while serving in a Marine Corps infantry battalion in Iraq in 2006. In March he contracted Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. While recovering…

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