Drive-Throughs Are Now a Lifeline for Fast-Food Chains

For decades, the fast-food drive-through has been a greasy symbol of Americana, a roadside ritual for millions of travelers with a hankering for burgers and fries. Now, the drive-through, with its brightly-colored signage and ketchup-stained paper bags, has taken on a new importance in the age of social distancing. Over the last month and a…

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The Coronavirus Still Is a Global Health Emergency, W.H.O. Warns

The World Health Organization extended its declaration of a global health emergency on Friday amid increasing criticism from the Trump Administration about its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The move comes exactly three months after the organization’s original decision to announce a “public health emergency of international concern” on Jan. 30. At the time, only…

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How to Be a Good Neighbor Now

We walk the dogs across the meadow in the rain. We don’t talk much. We say the same things over and over, and yet somehow there’s comfort in the repetition. Yesterday someone wrote on the town listserv that certain dog owners had been spotted in the meadow less than six feet away from each other.…

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The Best Part of the Campaign Trail (the Food!) Comes Home

It started on my birthday. I received, on the same blessed day in April, a package of ribs from the Memphis restaurant Central BBQ, courtesy of my brother and sister-in-law, and a box of Eastern North Carolina barbecue and hush puppies from Kings BBQ Restaurant, by way of my parents. That’s when I figured out…

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The New York City Wine and Food Festival Moves Online

The annual summer Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., has been canceled. But the New York City Wine and Food Festival, a four-day fall fund-raiser that sprawls across the city in restaurants and event spaces? Not so fast. Lee Schrager, the organizer and founder is going digital with it, starting this week, and still…

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Love Letter: Living With Loneliness

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us into isolation; now family gatherings and weekend brunches with friends are a thing of the past. While we’re all finding ways to cope — and maybe even trying to channel some optimism — living alone presents its own unique challenges (and possibly benefits too!). If you’re one…

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The Hunt for Moby Dick Moves Online

If these were normal times, Ger Tysk, a sailor, would be getting her tall ship ready for an expedition along the coast of New England. Instead, Ms. Tysk, 38, is hunkered down in her apartment in New Bedford, Mass., and taking people on a different sort of voyage. She used her digital camera to film…

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What Is ‘Covid Toe’? Maybe a Strange Sign of Coronavirus Infection

Before the coronavirus outbreak, Dr. Lindy Fox, a dermatologist in San Francisco, used to see four or five patients a year with chilblains — painful red or purple lesions that typically emerge on fingers or toes in the winter. Over the past few weeks, she has seen dozens. “All of a sudden, we are inundated…

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Why is Everyone in Isolation Wearing the Same Sneakers?

Jeremy MoellerGetty Images Despite not the whole «not going outside» thing, there seems to be a trend kicking around the Influencer sphere that’s been escalating in isolation. Scroll through Instagram and i becomes abundantly clear that, among things like banana bread and throwback vacation photos captioned «Remember places?», New Balance sneakers are everywhere. Specifically, iterations…

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Help! My Flight Was Canceled and I Still Can’t Get a Refund

Dear Tripped Up, In September 2019 B.C. — “before coronavirus” — my family and I booked a round-trip flight from Tampa, Fla., to London with British Airways, scheduled to depart in March. Then the coronavirus hit and our flight was canceled by the airline. We contacted British Airways to request a refund, but they have…

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