Relationships Move Fast on a Slow Cargo Ship

Liz and I were on a cargo ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with the sun setting and a light wind. The scene resembled one of those retirement brochures in which a couple stares wistfully across the open sea and into their future — except she and I barely knew each other. It…

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Children Are Hunting Teddy Bears During the Coronavirus Outbreak

With her school closed, her city quiet and her country under lockdown, Stevie-Lee Tiller, 13, is stuck at home with her parents and three siblings. Stevie-Lee, who lives in Hamilton, New Zealand, misses her friends at school. She is a little scared of the coronavirus because her father, a factory supervisor, is still going to…

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Why Is Getting a Refund From an Online Travel Agency So Hard?

Travel and travel planning are being disrupted by the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. For the latest updates, read The New York Times’s Covid-19 coverage here. For many travelers looking to save money, booking through a third party site like Expedia, Priceline or Kayak has become second nature, especially for those looking for last-minute travel…

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Plan B: a Front Porch Wedding

Before the coronavirus started making its way through New Jersey, Julie Samuels and Joe Hillyer had planned a simple town hall wedding with just witnesses, followed by an intimate dinner at home. It wasn’t to be. Weeks before the civil ceremony scheduled for March 27 in Montclair, N.J., friends and family members started petitioning to…

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This Togetherness Is Temporary

Get this: A couple of months ago, I quit my job in order to be home more. Go ahead and laugh at the timing. I know. At the time, it was hitting me that my daughter starts high school in the fall, and my son will be a senior. Increasingly they were spending their time…

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White House Debates How Far to Go on Face Mask Guidelines

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA medical worker from Belleview Hospital taking a break in the garden outside the entrance on Thursday.Credit…Jonah Markowitz for The New York Times The C.D.C. is expected to advise all Americans to wear cloth masks in public. Trump says it won’t be mandatory. The Trump administration appeared to be…

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Study of rare genetic disorder that effects the eyes

Nagano prefecture is home to a group of people effected with a rare genetic neurodegenerative disorder called familial amyloid polyneuropathies (FAP). This disease impacts the gene encoding protein transthyretin (TTR) which is produced in the liver and also eyes. Liver transplants are often a treatment for this disease, but severe eyesight problems such as cloudiness…

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POssible coronavirus drug identified by Australian scientists

Australian Scientists have shown that an anti-parasitic drug already available around the world can kill the virus within 48 hours. Scientists from Monash University in Melbourne showed that a single dose of the drug, Ivermectin, could stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus growing in cell culture — effectively eradicating all genetic material of the virus within 48…

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The Lancet Public Health: US modelling study estimates impact of school closures for COVID-19 on US health-care workforce and associated mortality

US policymakers considering physical distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 face a difficult trade-off between closing schools to reduce transmission and new cases, and potential health-care worker absenteeism due to additional childcare needs that could ultimately increase mortality from COVID-19, according to new modelling research published in The Lancet Public Health journal. Using…

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COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate childhood obesity

Public health scientists predict that school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic will exacerbate the epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States. Andrew Rundle, DrPH, associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and colleagues expect that COVID-19-related school closures will double out?of?school time this year for many children in…

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