Melitta Pivots From Coffee Filters to Safety Masks, in a Hurry

BERLIN — As the wave of coronavirus infections broke over Europe in March, causing reserves of medical supplies to disappear, German authorities made a nationwide appeal: More safety masks were urgently needed. At Melitta, the company that pioneered the paper coffee filter, inspiration was close at hand. “The ergonomics of the thing, the fact that…

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Britain to Impose Coronavirus Quarantine on Air Arrivals

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that Britain would soon impose a mandatory quarantine on travelers arriving in the country by air to try to avert a new wave of coronavirus infections, signaling how cautious the country will be in relaxing its seven-week lockdown. Mr. Johnson offered no details about how the…

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Advice on Mother’s Day on Giving Birth During the Coronavirus

Before the coronavirus, expectant mothers relied on support from family and friends to help them recover from painful deliveries and adapt to unpredictable life with a newborn. Now many parents have to go it alone and make gut-wrenching decisions: Is a home birth less risky? Who will take care of the kids if your partner…

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Paramedics, Strained in the Hot Zone, Pull Back From CPR

NEWARK — The calls for patients in cardiac arrest came in one after another. A 39-year-old man, followed by a 65-year-old, whose neighbor called 911 after getting no response when he rang the doorbell. Then a 52-year-old woman’s heart stopped, as did that of a 90-year-old, who had collapsed on her bedroom floor. The ambulances…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: 3 Top U.S. Health Officials Go Into Quarantine

Here’s what you need to know: ImageDr. Robert Redfield, center, who oversees the C.D.C.; Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, 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 task force.Credit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times Top U.S. health officials…

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Europe’s Battle-Hardened Nations Show Resilience in Virus Fight

BRUSSELS — As the coronavirus has hopscotched the world, a paradox has emerged: Rich nations are not necessarily better at fighting the crisis than poorer ones. In Europe, the disease has been burning through Britain, France and Italy, three of the continent’s four biggest economies. But smaller, poorer nations in Europe quickly imposed and enforced…

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How Pandemics End

When will the Covid-19 pandemic end? And how? According to historians, pandemics typically have two types of endings: the medical, which occurs when the incidence and death rates plummet, and the social, when the epidemic of fear about the disease wanes. “When people ask, ‘When will this end?,’ they are asking about the social ending,”…

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Coronavirus World Tracker

Here’s what you need to know: ImageMedical workers from Jilin Province, in red, embraced nurses from Wuhan after working together in April.Credit…Hector Retamal/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images New cluster in China highlights the challenge of controlling infections as countries open up. The health authorities in northeast China have reported a new cluster of cases in…

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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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