Deciding How Much Distance You Should Keep

When Dr. Asaf Bitton looked out from his window in Boston recently, he was shocked by the scene. Although schools, offices and businesses already had shut down to slow the spread of coronavirus, the park was packed. “I saw people from my window outside playing in the park together, and I thought, ‘This is crazy,’”…

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Kerby Jean-Raymond Is Supporting Communities Affected by Coronavirus

Claudio LaveniaGetty Images Kerby Jean-Raymond doesn’t follow the leader—he is one. With his brand, Pyer Moss, the New York–based designer creates collections that are directional (some argue that he was the catalyst for streetwear in luxury) and informed by the struggle of Black people in America. He operates on a different level from the rest…

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People Are Dying. But What About My Basketball Tournament?

Thanks to the new coronavirus, my son’s basketball tournament was canceled last week. (He is 12 and plays in a middle school league.) He loves the game, so I understood his disappointment at the announcement. But I am surprised by his seeming inability to bounce back from it. We watch the evening news as a…

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Catherine Hamlin, Pioneering Doctor Who Treated Childbirth Injury, Dies at 96

NAIROBI, Kenya — Dr. Catherine Hamlin, an Australian obstetrician and gynecologist who devoted her life to treating Ethiopian women with a devastating childbearing injury and who was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, has died at her home in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. She was 96. Her death on Wednesday was announced by…

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Lynn Nottage and Annie Baker Say Theaters Want Their Advances Back

In a sign that American theaters are desperately worried about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, playwrights are reporting that they have been asked to return payments for productions that have been canceled or postponed. Two Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights, Lynn Nottage and Annie Baker, said on Twitter that they had been asked to refund money…

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True Tales of Quarantined Socializing

March 19, 2020 ImageCredit…Photo Illustration by The New York Times Digital dance raves. Streaming soundbaths. Book readings by phone. Now we’ve gotta get creative. Where once technology was thought to be the death knell of human social interaction, it is now bringing us together under quarantine. The housebound are nimbly pivoting to virtual social gatherings.…

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Complacency, Not Panic, Is the Real Danger

The sight of empty grocery shelves — widely shared on social media — combined with the dread of an invisible threat seem a perfect recipe for widespread hysteria. But, so far, despite mixed messages from government officials and shortages of tests and hospital capacity, there is little evidence of widespread panic. In fact, research into…

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