Pork Chops vs. People: Battling Coronavirus in an Iowa Meat Plant

On April 10, Tony Thompson, the sheriff for Black Hawk County in Iowa, visited the giant Tyson Foods pork plant in Waterloo. What he saw, he said, “shook me to the core.” Workers, many of them immigrants, were crowded elbow to elbow as they broke down hog carcasses zipping by on a conveyor belt. The…

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Coronavirus News: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: Top health officials are quarantining after being exposed. ImageDr. Robert Redfield, left, who oversees the C.D.C., Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, second from left, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Stephen Hahn, right, who leads the F.D.A., are all members of the coronavirus…

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Live Coronavirus World Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePartitions at dining-hall tables in Suwon, South Korea, are in keeping with recommendations from the country’s task force of economists, sociologists and infectious-disease experts.Credit…Woohae Cho for The New York Times South Korea aimed for ‘a new daily life with Covid-19.’ Four days later, Seoul found a new cluster. Go…

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F.D.A. Approves First Antigen Test for Detecting the Coronavirus

Unlike commonly available coronavirus tests that use polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, antigen diagnostics work by quickly detecting fragments of virus in a sample. The newly approved Quidel test will rely on specimens collected from nasal swabs, according to the F.D.A., and they can only be processed by the company’s lab instruments. “Diagnostic testing is…

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Mysterious Coronavirus Illness Claims 3 Children in New York

A mysterious syndrome has killed three young children in New York and sickened 73 others, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Saturday, an alarming rise in a phenomenon that was first publicly identified earlier this week. The syndrome, a toxic-shock inflammation that affects the skin, the eyes, blood vessels and the heart, can leave children…

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Sparks Flew Before the Curtain Call

Lindsay Murphy was trying to become a better writer when she joined an online message forum on that subject in January 2017, and encountered Julianne Miller, who had already clicked into the forum to pick up a few writing tips. The two began a conversation and a friendship there that continued off-site, covering everything from…

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How to Make Your Own Coronavirus Pinata

ImageCredit…Tony Cenicola/The New York Times You’ll need newspaper (torn or cut into strips) a balloon white flour yarn or string pipe cleaners Making the paste A simple no-cook paste calls for one part white flour and one and a half parts room-temperature water. Use a glass or metal container, which will be easier to clean…

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How to Have a Picnic Safely During the Pandemic

It’s hard to believe that it’s already May and that we’re approaching several months of sunny, sweater-less weather. Like flower petals, some states are slowly opening, too, including many once-closed parks, which means it’ll be hard to resist the urge to picnic. The good news: If you are careful and conscientious, you can dine outside…

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Hospitals Struggle to Restart Lucrative Elective Care After Coronavirus Shutdowns

The shutdown of elective surgeries and other “nonessential” medical care by federal and state officials during the pandemic has left the nation’s 5,200 hospitals, particularly in places where there have been relatively few infections, with idle clinics, vacant operating rooms and a dearth of patients. “Our hospitals, like every other hospital in the country, are…

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