My Coronavirus Test: 5 Days, a Dozen Calls, Hours of Confusion

Almost a dozen calls with five health care providers over five hours. Two hours of hold music. Two hours in a hospital. Four days of anxiously checking an online portal for results. And lots of confusion. That’s the winding path through bureaucracy that took me from placing my first phone call last Wednesday to getting…

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Deliciousness Matters

Good morning. How are you holding up? Millions and millions are at home this week, sheltered in place, self-quarantined, working remotely, home-schooling, feeding one another soups and sandwiches, keeping panic at bay. Others have headed into work at the hospital or police station, the plant, the supermarket. There are people collecting garbage, building things, reporting,…

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With Travel Plans in Flux, Readers Share Their ‘Staycation’ Ideas

Travelers everywhere are facing disruptions from the worldwide spread of the coronavirus. Some forged ahead with their plans and took extra precautions. But others canceled their trips. Just over a week ago, we asked readers of The New York Times in the second group to tell us about their “staycation” plans, and to offer advice…

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Celebrities, Athletes and Politicians With Coronavirus: Updating List

As the new coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, famous actors, athletes and politicians have tested positive for the virus. By going public with their diagnoses, they have helped put a face to the virus. Many have shared the news via social media and news conferences, while providing regular updates on their symptoms and…

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New York City Is Social Distancing

Since the arrival of the new coronavirus, each month, each week, each day has manifested a new city in place of the old one. At eye level, from the sidewalk, the first new city was more easily felt than seen. There were just a few masks bobbing among the same number of faces and heads.…

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Just One Eye Has X-Ray Vision

LOS ANGELES — Whenever I wonder whether it is possible to truly understand Los Angeles, particularly its relationship to fashion and style, I think about a shirt. The shirt is a nothing: red plaid, relaxed fit, snap-front closure. It resembles a million similar shirts you can find at places like Filson ($175) and H&M ($11).…

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His Immune System Went Out of Whack. The Usual Treatment Didn’t Work. Why?

“Have you read this?” the 61-year-old man asked his newest doctor, Madan Jagasia, as they sat in an exam room in the cancer center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The book, titled “Dying Well,” prompted a concerned look from the oncologist. You know we’re not there yet, he said he told the patient.…

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Crackdown on Southern Border Is Planned; U.S. Records 100th Death

This briefing has ended. Read the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak here. Here’s what you need to know: U.S. plans to swiftly turn back people entering from Mexico illegally. ImageA U.S. Border Patrol agent searched for migrants in a field near Sullivan City, Texas, in November.Credit…Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times The Trump…

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Using ‘organs-on-a-chip’ to model complicated diseases

CAMBRIDGE, MA — MIT biological engineers have created a multitissue model that lets them study the relationships between different organs and the immune system, on a specialized microfluidic platform seeded with human cells. Using this type of model, sometimes called «organs-on-a-chip» or «physiome-on-a-chip,» the research team was able to explore the role of circulating immune…

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