In the Shadows of America’s Smokestacks, Virus Is One More Deadly Risk

This isn’t the first time Vicki Dobbins’s town has been forced to shelter in place. Last year, the Marathon Petroleum refinery that looms over her neighborhood near Detroit emitted a pungent gas, causing nausea and dizziness among neighbors and prompting health officials to warn people to stay inside. When a stay-at-home advisory returned in March,…

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How France Lost the Weapons to Fight a Pandemic

PARIS — When President Emmanuel Macron repeatedly declared “war” on the coronavirus in March, he solemnly promised that France would support “front-line” health workers with “the means, the protection.” The reality was that France was nearly defenseless. The government’s flip-flopping policies on past pandemics had left a once formidable national stockpile of face masks nearly…

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Tobacco companies minting it before Wednesday’s UK menthol cigarette ban

Menthol cigarettes will be removed from shelves in the UK this Wednesday (20 May 2020), yet new research has found that tobacco companies failed to use the four-year phasing-in period (from 2016) to prepare for this week’s ban. Instead they continued to sell and promote menthol products and to develop new products which circumvent the…

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Coronavirus World Live Coverage: Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, China, Netherlands

Here’s what you need to know: ImageA message from the king and the crown prince, projected on Salwa Palace in Diriyah in April, asking Saudis to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic.Credit…Balkis Press/Abaca, via ZUMA The coronavirus is upending Saudi Arabia’s big dreams and easy living. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto…

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Glitches in A.P. Tests Online Add to Students’ Worries

Julia Rock-Torcivia had everything in place for her Advanced Placement chemistry test. She taped a handwritten sign to her bedroom door that said “Stop!” in a warning to family members not to disturb her. The family’s two yappy dogs — Stella and Nixie, a terrier mix and a pug-Labrador mix — were relegated to a…

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F.D.A. Clears Another Coronavirus Testing Kit for Use at Home

The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday granted emergency clearance for a coronavirus testing kit that will enable individuals to take a nasal sample at home and send it to a laboratory for diagnostic testing, the second such approval it has made. Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the agency’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health,…

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Coronavirus World Updates: Greece, Italy, China, Netherlands

Britain, one of the world’s hardest-hit countries, reported 3,451 new cases and 468 deaths, pushing its totals to 240,161 infections and 34,466 lost lives. Here’s what you need to know: ImageBeachgoers in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Saturday. A distance of about 5 feet between sun loungers is required at the beaches, and alcohol and music are…

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Remote and Ready to Fight Coronavirus’s Next Wave

In mid-March, Dr. Jim Bristow’s wife came down with gastrointestinal issues. Then, she couldn’t stop coughing. Her symptoms pointed to coronavirus, but she couldn’t get tested — in part because of the nationwide test shortage, but also because the pair lived in Vashon, an idyllic town on an island in Washington State’s Puget Sound with…

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