Smokers and Vapers May Be at Greater Risk for Covid-19

Anxious times — like a pandemic — can lead to unhealthy but self-soothing habits, whether it’s reaching for a bag of potato chips, more chocolate or another glass of wine. But some stress-reducing behaviors are alarming to medical experts right now — namely vaping and smoking of tobacco or marijuana. Because the coronavirus attacks the…

Details

How to Quit Smoking and Vaping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Because the coronavirus targets the lungs, doctors and public health officials are adding new urgency to their longstanding plea for smokers and vapers to quit — or at least slow down. Both habits can compromise lung function. Early Covid-19 studies have shown that cigarette smokers in particular are more susceptible to the infection and suffer…

Details

Where Can I Find a Marriage License Near New York City?

Amber Marlow doesn’t know what to tell her clients. “Several of them have reached out and asked if I have any ideas,” said Ms. Marlow, a wedding photographer who built her business shooting New York City elopements. “All I can tell them is that, as far as I know, City Hall is completely shut down,”…

Details

This Matzo Brei Leans Savory

We held our Seder on Wednesday night, and the traditional day-after breakfast is matzo brei, also called fried matzo. It also happens to be pantry-friendly, at least if you’ve got matzo and eggs. There’s a raging debate in matzo brei circles about the right way to serve it: sweet or savory? That is, do you…

Details

More Coronavirus Vaccines and Treatments Move Toward Human Trials

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads at unprecedented rates, invading the lungs of people of all ages, ethnicities and medical histories, companies are ratcheting up their efforts to fight the disease with accelerated schedules for creating new vaccines, and beginning clinical trials for potential treatments. On Wednesday, Novavax, a Maryland-based biotech company, said it would begin…

Details

The Man Behind Cuomo’s NY Tough Video

Name: Peter Maiden Age: 36 Hometown: Wildes Meadow, a small town outside Sydney, Australia. Now Lives: In a two-bedroom, walk-up apartment in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn with his wife Bugs; their five-month-old daughter, Indigo; and a dog named Kevin Bacon. Claim to Fame: Mr. Maiden is a founder and C.E.O. of Convicts NYC, a…

Details

Should I Bankroll My New, Socially Distant Girlfriend?

I started seeing a woman three months ago. It was all progressing nicely until the virus hit. Now, we’re practicing social distancing and relegated to phone calls and texts. I’m lucky that I make a good living, and my salary has not been affected by the pandemic. But my girlfriend works in the service industry,…

Details

Exposure to Plastic Chemicals Before Conception Tied to Premature Births

Pregnant women exposed to phthalates, a group of chemicals used in many products, may be at increased risk for preterm birth, studies have found. Now a new study has found that exposure even before conception may increase the risk. Phthalates are found in plastic toys, hair sprays, soaps, perfumes and other products and can contaminate…

Details

Most New York Coronavirus Cases Came From Europe, Genomes Show

New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New York area by mid-February, weeks before the first confirmed case, and that travelers brought in the virus mainly from Europe, not Asia. “The majority is clearly European,” said Harm van Bakel, a geneticist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who co-wrote…

Details