As Coronavirus Testing Increases, Some Labs Fear a Shortage of Other Supplies

Laboratories around the country are now facing potential shortages of key materials and chemicals needed to run tests for the novel coronavirus, as cases spread to more than two-thirds of the states and the global pandemic strains testing resources even further. Some lab directors say they are already beginning to run low of the supplies…

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Coronavirus Has Caused a Hand Sanitizer Shortage. What Should You Do?

Alarm over coronavirus has caused a run on hand sanitizers. And now, sanitizers from Purell and other brands are exceedingly hard to come by. Where it isn’t sold out, enterprising sellers are charging outrageously inflated prices simply because they can. If you don’t have any hand sanitizer, you’re not likely to get some while the…

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Could an Invasive Snail Save Your Morning Coffee?

It’s not exactly what you want to think about when you’re sipping your morning coffee or waiting for your favorite pour over. But a potential solution to one of the biggest threats of coffee production has been found in the bright orange excrement of a voracious gastropod called the Asian trampsnail. It turns out that…

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What Does Coronavirus Do to the Body?

As cases of coronavirus infection proliferate around the world and governments take extraordinary measures to limit the spread, there is still a lot of confusion about what exactly the virus does to people’s bodies. The symptoms — fever, cough, shortness of breath — can signal any number of illnesses, from flu to strep to the…

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From Pandemic to Social Distancing: A Coronavirus Glossary

When is an epidemic considered a pandemic, and what is the difference? What do health officials mean when they recommend “self-quarantining” or “social distancing”? As the coronavirus spreads around the world, new terms are entering the lexicon — and we’re here to help. Here’s a guide to the words and phrases you need to know…

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Coronavirus Has Become a Pandemic, W.H.O. Says

The spread of the coronavirus is now a pandemic, officials at the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. “We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the W.H.O.’s director-general. Dr. Tedros called for countries to learn from one another’s successes, act in unison and help protect one another against a…

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& Sons, a Sommelier’s Ham Bar, Opens in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens

Headliner & Sons André Hueston Mack, a sommelier and winemaker, started feeling that the expanding roster of well-made American cured hams was not being given its due. “There are ham bars in Spain and France, but nothing like them in New York,” he said. So he has now become a hammelier and opened his own…

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Fashion’s Coronavirus ‘Patient Zero’ Speaks

Just over a week ago, Michael Burke, the chief executive of Louis Vuitton, stood in the darkened space in Paris where his show — the last of fashion month — was about to take place and noted that, despite all the anxiety over the new coronavirus, there had been very few cancellations. He pointed out…

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Mussels and Purell at the James Beard Dinner

A small square package, bound by an elegant white ribbon, greeted the 300 diners who showed up last weekend for the James Beard Foundation’s annual Super Sunday at Chelsea Market. Was it an amuse-bouche prepared by one of the 17 chefs who donated their skills to the fund-raiser, which this year benefited culinary programs related…

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Creating a Name for Themselves

Tasha Mente, a 31-year-old marketing vice president in Oakland, Calif., had a note in the program on the day she married Joe Mente, a 34-year-old engineering manager. “Traditionally, in heterosexual marriages,” read the program, “married women are expected to take their husband’s last name. Neither of us believe that a woman should be expected to…

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