The Food Chain’s Weakest Link: Slaughterhouses

The modern American slaughterhouse is a very different place from the one that Upton Sinclair depicted in his early-20th-century novel, “The Jungle.” Many are giant, sleek refrigerated assembly lines, staffed mostly by unionized workers who slice, debone and “gut snatch” hog and beef carcasses, under constant oversight of government inspectors. The jobs are often grueling…

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An Overlooked, Possibly Fatal Coronavirus Crisis: A Dire Need for Kidney Dialysis

For weeks, U.S. government officials and hospital executives have warned of a looming shortage of ventilators as the coronavirus pandemic descended. But now, doctors are sounding an alarm about an unexpected and perhaps overlooked crisis: a surge in Covid-19 patients with kidney failure that is leading to shortages of machines, supplies and staff required for…

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‘Something Is Going to Explode’: When Coronavirus Strikes a Prison

The Federal Correctional Complex in Oakdale, La., is the site of the first fatal coronavirus outbreak in the federal prison system. F.C.C. Oakdale — which houses some 2,000 inmates and employs close to 500 staff members in two low-security prisons (Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale I and F.C.I. Oakdale II) as well as a minimum-security camp…

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Coronavirus World Live Tracker: Donald Trump, China, Mexico

Here’s what you need to know: ImageAdministering hand sanitizer at an evangelical church in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, last month.Credit…Finbarr O’Reilly for The New York Times Africa is desperately short of ventilators, among other essential supplies. Limited testing means that it is impossible to know the true scale of coronavirus infections in Africa. But several…

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In Spain, a Call to ‘Free Our Children’ From Coronavirus Confinement

BARCELONA — For five weeks, Lia Aparicio Cenador hasn’t been outside once. “I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be on a street,” said Lia, a 9-year-old girl. Millions of children in Spain, stuck at home since the authorities implemented a nationwide lockdown in mid-March, have been unable to exercise outside, take a short walk around…

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The Seas as the Ultimate Coronavirus Isolation? Not. So. Fast.

Simon and Carla Fowler are anchored in their catamaran about 650 feet off a deserted beach in the Bahamas, and they have a message for anyone locked down on land who wishes that they too could be self-isolating on the water. “Being out here in a pandemic is actually a lot harder and more stressful…

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An Elopement Closer to Home

Anna Davila and Bryce Cole had planned to elope in late March, while in New Orleans to attend the wedding of friends. Their plan was to leave their two children with Ms. Davila’s mother while they took what they told her would be a quick break. “It was just me and him, nobody knew —…

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‘Within 5 or 10 Minutes, I Was in Love’

Tara Mancini was separated and living in suburban New Jersey when Tinder matched her in 2015 with Peter Goldring. They chatted a bit through the app and then agreed to meet for dinner in New York that same evening. Ms. Mancini, 48, is a senior sales account executive in the customer experience division of SAP,…

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The 10-Foot Theory of Love

When Anique Hameed first saw Zachary Graham, he was standing about 10 feet away from her inside a Washington nightclub. The distance between them on that occasion, which was a party hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus on Sept. 23, 2017, seemed to give credence to a theory he has. “I honestly believe that up…

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A Wedding on the Perfect Date, After 20 Years Together

Erica Hubbard waited a long time to get married to Nevin King. Had she waited any longer, she’s not sure they would be married today. “I think it might have been impossible, because the lockdown occurred just a few weeks after,” said Ms. Hubbard, 44, a registered nurse in Lynchburg, Va., who walked down the…

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