How to Write a Condolence Note

Unfortunately, many people are likely to have occasion in the days and weeks ahead to write a letter of condolence to a friend, relative, colleague or acquaintance who has suffered the death of a loved one to Covid-19. These are tough letters to write. Here are some suggestions for expressing sympathy clearly and supportively to…

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Should Young Children Wear Masks?

As coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, we’re working to answer the questions on many parents’ minds. For the latest updates, read The New York Times’s live coronavirus coverage here. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that all Americans should wear cloth face coverings to prevent the spread of…

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Iceland’s Coronavirus Test Has Skeptics, but It May Be Working

With its small population and isolated location, Iceland has earned praise and headlines for its plan to test as many people as possible for exposure to the new coronavirus. Why, some wondered, couldn’t other countries be like Iceland? But critics inside the country have called this rosy picture misleading. They say the tiny Nordic island…

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The Science of Helping Out

At a time when we are all experiencing an extraordinary level of stress, science offers a simple and effective way to bolster our own emotional health. To help yourself, start by helping others. Much of the scientific research on resilience — which is our ability to bounce back from adversity — has shown that having…

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Mask-Wearing, Common in Asia, Spreads in the West

PARIS — Until a few weeks ago, Asian tourists were the only mask-wearers in Paris, eliciting puzzlement or suspicion from French locals, or even hostility as the coronavirus began sweeping across Europe. Four days into a national lockdown to stem the outbreak, the French government spokeswoman, Sibeth Ndiaye, warned that face masks were so unfamiliar…

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Smokers and Vapers May Be at Greater Risk for Covid-19

Anxious times — like a pandemic — can lead to unhealthy but self-soothing habits, whether it’s reaching for a bag of potato chips, more chocolate or another glass of wine. But some stress-reducing behaviors are alarming to medical experts right now — namely vaping and smoking of tobacco or marijuana. Because the coronavirus attacks the…

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How to Quit Smoking and Vaping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Because the coronavirus targets the lungs, doctors and public health officials are adding new urgency to their longstanding plea for smokers and vapers to quit — or at least slow down. Both habits can compromise lung function. Early Covid-19 studies have shown that cigarette smokers in particular are more susceptible to the infection and suffer…

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Where Can I Find a Marriage License Near New York City?

Amber Marlow doesn’t know what to tell her clients. “Several of them have reached out and asked if I have any ideas,” said Ms. Marlow, a wedding photographer who built her business shooting New York City elopements. “All I can tell them is that, as far as I know, City Hall is completely shut down,”…

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This Matzo Brei Leans Savory

We held our Seder on Wednesday night, and the traditional day-after breakfast is matzo brei, also called fried matzo. It also happens to be pantry-friendly, at least if you’ve got matzo and eggs. There’s a raging debate in matzo brei circles about the right way to serve it: sweet or savory? That is, do you…

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More Coronavirus Vaccines and Treatments Move Toward Human Trials

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads at unprecedented rates, invading the lungs of people of all ages, ethnicities and medical histories, companies are ratcheting up their efforts to fight the disease with accelerated schedules for creating new vaccines, and beginning clinical trials for potential treatments. On Wednesday, Novavax, a Maryland-based biotech company, said it would begin…

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