Who Should Be Saved First? Experts Offer Ethical Guidance

ImageVentilators under assembly at a medical supply company in Britain. The lack of such equipment has already created wrenching decisions for health care workers in Italy.Credit…Neil Hall/EPA, via Shutterstock How do doctors and hospitals decide who gets potentially lifesaving treatment and who doesn’t? A lot of thought has been given to just such a predicament,…

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Anna Wintour and Tom Ford Are Creating a Fashion Rescue Fund

Fashion is no longer just waiting for the government to swoop in and save it. Seventeen years ago, in the time after Sept. 11, which brought New York Fashion Week to a terrible halt and cast a long, damaging shadow on many young designer businesses, Vogue and the Council of Fashion Designers of America got…

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The Ultimate Pantry Snack: Smoky, Nutty Popcorn

Back when I was only occasionally working from home, I satisfied my snacking urges with different kinds of crackers, topped with some combination of butter, anchovies, cottage cheese and chile paste. Because it wasn’t every day, this relatively small rotation never got old. Over a week into enforced social distancing, it’s starting to wear thin,…

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Restaurant Closings Inflict Collateral Damage on Other Businesses

Mark and Kerry Marhefka were feeling optimistic about the future of their 15-year-old business, Abundant Seafood, when they opened their first processing plant this month in North Charleston, S.C. Mr. Marhefka catches vermilion snapper, triggerfish, banded runnerfish and several kinds of grouper on two-hook lines he drops into the Atlantic from the side of his…

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Rome’s Homeless Don’t Have the Luxury of Staying Home

ROME — For more than two weeks, the Italian government has trumpeted a central message for containing the spread of the coronavirus: Stay home. But for the thousands who are homeless or living in extreme poverty in Rome, keeping off the streets is nearly impossible. “The message given to stay home is a message that…

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A Medical Class ‘Minted by the Pandemic’

Preparations for the Cadaver Ball, at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, begin in the fall. Radial Grooves, an a cappella group, selects two songs to perform; the campus hip-hop and bhangra groups choreograph routines. This year’s theme was the “Roaring 2020s,” which was a relief to the class president, Varun Menon, because it meant…

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How to See the World When You’re Stuck at Home

The other day, anxious in my desk chair, I became a virtual traveler, staring at photos of public spaces abandoned in the wake of the coronavirus global pandemic: a soccer game in Germany, played in front of thousands of empty seats, the Piazza San Marco in Venice, vacant save for a few confused pigeons, the…

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What Does Our Body Temperature Say About Our Health?

As public health officials struggle to contain the spread of the coronavirus, determining whether a person has a fever is now a high-stakes matter, and using temperature guns to screen people has become a visible strategy for detecting possible cases. “Any infectious disease — one of the cardinal signs of infection is raised body temperature,”…

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China to Ease Coronavirus Lockdown on Hubei 2 Months After Imposing It

HONG KONG — The Chinese province of Hubei, where the coronavirus pandemic began, will on Wednesday begin allowing most of its 60 million residents to leave, ending nearly two months of lockdown and sending a strong signal of the government’s confidence that its tough measures have worked to control the outbreak. Wuhan, the provincial capital and…

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You’ve Got Mail. Will You Get the Coronavirus?

Scientists agree that the main means by which the SARS-CoV-2 virus jumps from an infected person to its next host is by hitching a ride in the tiny droplets that are sprayed into the air with each cough or sneeze. But with deliveries now at holiday levels as locked-down Americans shop online rather than in…

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