Live Coverage: The Human Stories of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Welcome to Lives, where we document how the world is changing. ImageThe U.S. Navy’s hospital ship, Comfort, arrived in New York City on Monday. The ship will focus on patients not infected with the coronavirus, which will allow hospitals to focus on the pandemic.Credit…Chang W. Lee/The New York Times Statistically speaking, your home is now…

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The Quarantine Diaries

Before the end of life as we knew it, Ady, an 8-year-old who lives in the Bay Area of San Francisco, read a biography of Anne Frank. When she realized that she, too, was living through what would soon become history, Ady started keeping her own diary. In one early entry, she recorded that the…

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The World Pushes Back Against E-Cigarettes and Juul

In January 2019, the chairman of Altria, Howard A. Willard III, flew to Silicon Valley to speak to senior executives of Juul Labs, fresh off signing a deal for the tobacco giant to pay nearly $13 billion for a 35 percent stake in the popular e-cigarette company. With public fury growing over Juul’s contribution to…

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Xinjiang Returns to Work, but Coronavirus Worries Linger in China

HONG KONG — In the Xinjiang region of northwestern China, the government says, major construction projects have resumed, oil field workers are back on the job, garment factories are making masks and spring planting is underway. Students returned to school last week, and one class was greeted by the region’s top Communist Party leader, who…

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Coronavirus and Fever Temperature: Tracking Symptoms with Thermometer

After I was told I’d been exposed to the novel coronavirus, I tried to follow the best medical advice. I started working from home. I socially isolated. And I “self-monitored” for signs I’d been infected. Or, at least, I tried to. Covid-19 symptoms seem pretty clear. The dry cough and difficulty breathing. Fatigue. And the…

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You Deserve a Good Lunch

Good morning. Here we go again with the screens and the earphones, another day on the uncomfortable chair, the dog at my feet. The commute wasn’t bad, though, and there was a beautiful, orange-yolked egg for breakfast, nestled in a piece of toast — what some call a Guy Kibbee, after the actor, who made…

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For Shut-In Pilgrims, the World’s Holiest Sites Are a Click Away

For nearly two years, Eilat Lieber, director and chief curator of the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem’s Old City, has been excited for this April, when Passover, Easter and Ramadan — touchstone holidays of three major religions — would collide for the first time in nearly two decades. To prepare for the 400,000 or…

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A World Turned Upside-Down

In this season of infection, the stock market little more than a twitching corpse, in an atmosphere of alarm and despondency, I am reminded of the enlightenments of the strict curfew Uganda endured in 1966. It was, for all its miseries, an episode of life lessons, as well as monotonous moralizing (because most crises enliven…

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Are Bike Lanes Really Safe?

In just the last eight months, I’ve had two cycling accidents when inattentive drivers made right turns and cut me off. So far I’ve been lucky, escaping with bloody scrapes and a bent bike wheel. But I can’t help wondering how long my luck will last. According to data compiled by The New York Times…

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