The Drones Were Ready for This Moment

New Yorkers strolling along the East River early last month glanced up to see an unsettling sight: a mysterious drone claiming to represent something called the “Anti-Covid-19 Volunteer Drone Task Force” barking orders to pedestrians below to maintain social distancing. “Please maintain a social distance of at least six feet,” the drone intoned, according to…

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Is the Wedding Off? (For Now?) Here’s What to Do Next.

Organizing a wedding under normal circumstances can be stressful — now throw in a global pandemic and it’s near maddening. As couples look to safely solidify their union, some are planning intimate ceremonies at home, while others are pushing back their original wedding dates to the following year. Here are a few tips from wedding…

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Going Outside This Weekend? Don’t Freak Out

After being holed up indoors for an extended period of time, perhaps you’re feeling the itch to peer outside: to explore the world beyond the radius of your home, grocery and takeout spot. But is it recommended? Will others adhere to social distancing? What fresh horrors await? Broadly speaking, scientists agree that leaving your home…

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U.K. to Quarantine All Incoming Air Travelers; a Chinese Coronavirus Vaccine Shows Promise

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePassengers arriving at Heathrow Airport on Friday.Credit…Tolga Akmen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images U.K. announces a quarantine of all international air travelers. Britain will quarantine everyone flying into the country, including citizens, for 14 days beginning June 8 to fight the spread of the coronavirus, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced…

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CDC Says Coronavirus Does Not Spread Easily on Surfaces

Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention making the rounds this week on the internet are clarifying what we know about the transmission of the coronavirus. The virus does not spread easily via contaminated surfaces, according to the C.D.C. For those who were worried about wiping down grocery bags or disinfecting mailed packages,…

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As Death Toll Nears 100,000, Some in White House Question the Math

Here’s what you need to know: ImageDr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, briefed reporters on Friday.Credit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times Some White House officials suggest deaths are overcounted. Experts disagree. As the United States continues its advance toward 100,000 coronavirus deaths, a grim milestone the country is expected to reach in the…

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Mass Firing on Zoom Is Latest Sign of Weight Watchers Unrest

On the afternoon of May 14, Joanne Patten sat down at her computer in her home in Houston and logged in to a Zoom call with her employer, WW International, the company formerly known as Weight Watchers. She listened as her boss, reading from a script, said she and the other employees on the Zoom…

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Employers Grapple With Question as They Reopen: To Test or Not to Test?

As the country reopens, employers are looking into how to safely bring back their workers. One recurring question: Should they be tested for the new coronavirus? Some businesses are moving ahead. In Indianapolis, the family-owned Shapiro’s Delicatessen tested about 25 employees in its parking lot this month. Amazon plans to spend as much as $1…

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Plant-Based ‘Meats’ Catch On in the Pandemic

That hasn’t slowed demand for meat. Sales from April 12 to May 9 were 28 percent higher than in the four weeks ending Jan. 18, before the first reported case of coronavirus in the United States, according to data from Nielsen. But the meat industry’s troubles may have provided a boost for plant-based meat substitutes,…

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A Big Sur Elopement for Two Olivias

Three years ago, Olivia Hall received a surprise during a psychiatry lecture at N.Y.U. when she took a peek at her phone and noticed a message in her Bumble account from another Olivia — Olivia Reaney. “I thought, wow, what were the odds that someone named Olivia would be trying to contact me,” said Dr.…

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