Flight of the Influencers

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the United States, many influencers are using their platforms to educate their followers about symptoms and testing, and to encourage them to stay inside. The TikTok star Charli D’Amelio, for instance, started a “distance dance” challenge to promote social distancing. In an effort to make the diagnostic…

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My City Friends Want to Wait Out the Virus in My Suburban Home

A couple of weeks ago, before Covid-19 exploded in New York, a close friend asked if she and her husband could leave Manhattan and stay with us at our home in Bergen County, N.J. It was a tough question to have asked of me, but I decided it was the right thing to do. I…

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36 Hours in … Wherever You Are

The New York Times has published its popular 36 Hours column for nearly 20 years, helping readers plan weekends in far-flung destinations all over the world. For many of us over the past month, our grand plans have shrunk down to small ones, as have the physical spaces we occupy. While we can’t travel for…

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Will We Lose a Generation of Designers?

You might not know Batsheva Hay, Christopher John Rogers and Carly Cushnie. They are emerging independent designers based in New York with relatively small namesake companies. But they have also been, over the last few years, labeled “names to watch.” They have won awards, dressed celebrities and been heralded at fashion week. In a few…

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Inside Kim Kardashian’s Prison-Reform Machine

Kim Kardashian West breezed into a steakhouse in Washington, D.C., last month, wearing a bright white outfit with a giant fabric flower on the lapel. Technically, it was a pantsuit, but tighter and more fabulous than its Beltway cousins. Inside the restaurant, Charlie Palmer, with its plate-glass windows overlooking the dome of the United States…

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How to Make Your Work-Neighbors Be Quiet (In 3 Lies or Less)

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. A Phantom From the Opera I am already a full-time remote employee, so needing to get work done effectively from my own apartment is not new to me.…

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High Blood Pressure of Pregnancy Tied to Developmental Problems in Children

Pre-eclampsia — the high blood pressure of pregnancy — can be harmful and even fatal to the mother. Now a new study suggests that children exposed to pre-eclampsia may be at increased risk for a number of developmental problems. Researchers used a Norwegian health database to study 980,560 children, of whom 28,068 were exposed to…

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My Grandmother Knew a Secret: Survival Can Be Stored in a Jar

RICHLAND, Pa. — I’m great at feeding people, but I’ve never mastered portion control. I joke that it’s inherited, that I always make too much because written in my genome is the fear that there won’t be enough to go around. That’s never happened; I’ve always had the luxury of a full shopping cart. Or…

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What Italian Pediatricians Can Tell Us

Last week I took part in an online conversation in which a large group of American pediatricians listened as some of our colleagues from Italy talked about pediatrics in the coronavirus crisis, because what they are dealing with there is what we will be dealing with here very soon. We Americans were hoping we could…

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They All Retired Before They Hit 40. Then This Happened.

Earlier this month, Eric Richard was in Bali, Indonesia, enjoying the tropical weather and carefree life of a retiree. Last summer, at 29, Mr. Richard had quit his job as a corporate operations manager to become a “digital nomad.” Now he is hunkered down at his parents’ house in Michigan, having returned to the United…

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