In Seattle, It Started With Panic. Then the Deeper Anxiety Set In.

SEATTLE — Shannon Koyano is a 39-year-old single mother living, nervously, in the place where the coronavirus got its first and deadliest foothold in America. Like so many Americans now, she has worries. A lot of them. One of her three children last week came down with a fever and a cough. She has an…

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Lost Sense of Smell May Be Peculiar Clue to Coronavirus Infection

A mother who was infected with the coronavirus couldn’t smell her baby’s full diaper. Cooks who can usually name every spice in a restaurant dish can’t smell curry or garlic, and food tastes bland. Others say they can’t pick up the sweet scent of shampoo or the foul odor of kitty litter. Anosmia, the loss…

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With Live Sports Gone, Announcer Offers Play by Play of the Everyday

The narration begins customarily, with the play-by-play announcer enthusiastically welcoming his audience live to a competition unfolding on the screen. But this is no ordinary competition. “It’s the final of the two lonely blokes in a park contest,’’ the announcer, Nick Heath, begins, setting the scene of two men idly kicking a ball in a…

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Target Apologizes for Selling N95 Masks in Seattle

The retailer Target apologized on Saturday after coming under criticism for selling N95 masks, which are in acute demand by medical providers during the coronavirus pandemic, at some stores in Washington State. The masks were made available to the public for purchase “in error” in select stores in Seattle, the company said in a statement…

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Some Tips on How to Stay Sane in a World That Isn’t

Erasing anxiety from daily life isn’t an option for most people today. But therapists, clergy and meditation specialists say there are simple and accessible ways to overcome debilitating panic. Coping skills, said Rick Hanson, a psychologist and a senior fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, “help you reframe…

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Plácido Domingo Says He Has the Coronavirus

The opera star Plácido Domingo disclosed on Sunday that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Mr. Domingo, 79, who was in Mexico, shared the news in a post on Facebook. “I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for Covid-19, the Coronavirus,” he wrote. He said that…

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Warmer Weather May Slow, but Not Halt Coronavirus

Communities living in warmer places appear to have a comparative advantage to slow the transmission of coronavirus infections, according to an early analysis by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The researchers found that most coronavirus transmissions had occurred in regions with low temperatures, between 37.4 and 62.6 degrees Fahrenheit (or 3 and 17…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Official Says Some Areas Will Have to Wait for Medical Supplies; National and Global Tolls Rise

Here’s what you need to know: ImageRoosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights Queens, on Saturday.Credit…Juan Arredondo for The New York Times Some places will have to wait for masks and ventilators, a top U.S. official says. President Trump’s top emergency management official, confronting growing cries from governors and other elected officials for more hospital masks, ventilators…

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Geese May Not Inspire You, but They Certainly Take Your Mind off the Virus

Watch birds. Geese if you’ve got them. That’s one small way to cope with social distance dysphoria. I’m not talking about “bird watching,” in the sense of identifying species, and pointing out to other humans who don’t know as much as you do about the differences between species of sparrow. As if there were others…

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As Visitors Continue to Arrive, Tourist Areas Say: Stay Home

Even as millions of Americans are on lockdown in their homes, some people are still traveling to vacation spots, drawn by cheap airfares, the hope of riding out the pandemic in someplace less populated, or both. In Hawaii, statistics show that arrivals, which have been trending down since late February, largely led by a steep…

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