Your Phone is Filthy. Here’s How to Clean it

The coronavirus is here, and it’s showing no signs of letting up. One of the best ways to protect yourself is to keep your hands clean and off your face, but it’s hard to maintain constant vigilance. Keeping your phone sanitized is another smart way to keep germs off your fingertips. The Centers for Disease…

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Why Coronavirus Is a Special Risk to Half of Americans

The new coronavirus is a serious threat to the elderly, as federal officials have been at pains to note recently. But they have stepped gingerly around advice for another group of Americans also at special risk from the infection: those with chronic health conditions. It is not a small group. Roughly half of all Americans…

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The World Has a Plan to Fight Coronavirus. Most Countries Are Not Using it.

For weeks, the World Health Organization resisted declaring the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, fearing that doing so would incite panic across the globe. But facing the cameras on Wednesday, the agency’s director general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, did just that, asking for global unity to “change the course of this pandemic.” It was a symbolic…

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Embattled L Brands Appoints Sarah Nash as Board Chair

L Brands, the owner of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, said on Thursday that Sarah Nash would be its new chair, replacing Leslie H. Wexner, the retail mogul who founded and ran the company for decades before coming under intense scrutiny for his ties to the sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein. Ms. Nash, the…

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Lady Gaga’s Best Looks Ever

Lady Gaga has never shied away from a daring style moment. Each phase of her career has signaled a new look. From her days wearing meat dresses at awards shows to her pink cowboy hat for Joanne and every sequin in between, she’s an expert at leaving everyone guessing with her fearless sartorial choices. In…

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Trump’s Travel Ban Leaves Americans in Europe Scrambling to Get Home

Across Europe on Thursday, Americans scrambled to make sense of conflicting messages from Washington about if and when they would be allowed to return to the United States. They awoke to the news that President Trump had announced a 30-day suspension of most travel from Europe in a bid to stem the spread of the…

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At the Brooklyn Navy Yard It’s Full Steam Ahead

This article is part of our latest special report on Design, which is about getting personal with customization. The Brooklyn Navy Yard once echoed with the sounds of hammering and welding as workers built battleships and aircraft carriers on the 300-acre campus bordering the East River. Today, the Navy and its single-minded mission are long…

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Home-Schooling Tweens and Teens During Coronavirus Closings

As the spread of the coronavirus leads to more school closings, many parents are finding themselves faced with the prospect of what amounts to home-schooling their children. Ideally, teachers will provide lessons, whether online or on paper, to help meet children’s academic needs, but school also fills physical and social needs. Answering the following questions…

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What Climate Change Can Teach Us About Fighting the Coronavirus

“Alarming levels of inaction.” That is what the World Health Organization said Wednesday about the global response to coronavirus. It is a familiar refrain to anyone who works on climate change, and it is why global efforts to slow down warming offer a cautionary tale for the effort to slow down the pandemic. “Both demand…

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When You Turn on the Lights, Linger a Little

This article is part of our latest special report on Design, which is about getting personal with customization. My light-switch plates, which had long been banal, now make me feel empowered. In the last few weeks, I have commissioned half a dozen of them in custom shapes, colors and patterns. It turns out that nearly…

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