Why Are Some People So Much More Infectious Than Others?

As the coronavirus tears through the country, scientists are asking: Are some people more infectious than others? Are there superspreaders, people who seem to just spew out virus, making them especially likely to infect others? It seems that the answer is yes. There do seem to be superspreaders, a loosely defined term for people who…

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Man Charged in Scheme to Sell 125 Million Nonexistent Masks

A Georgia man was charged with fraud after attempting to sell millions of nonexistent respirator masks to the government as it struggles to shore up supplies of vital medical equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, the authorities said. The man, Christopher Parris, 39, of Atlanta, was arrested on Friday and charged with wire fraud in federal…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Surpasses Italy in Total Number of Confirmed Deaths

Here’s what you need to know: ImageMedical personal at Maimonides Medical Center in New York on Saturday.Credit…Sarah Blesener for The New York Times U.S. surpasses Italy in the total number of confirmed deaths. The United States on Saturday surpassed Italy in the total number of confirmed deaths from the coronavirus, reaching its deadliest day on…

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How a Pandemic Rescued the Political Image of Ireland’s Leader

LONDON — Just two months ago, Ireland’s leader, Leo Varadkar, was a spent force in Irish politics: a trailblazing prime minister whose failure to solve Ireland’s housing crisis frustrated voters and whose aloof style left them cold. In a three-way Parliamentary race in February, his party finished last. Last month, Dr. Varadkar, still in office…

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How to Run for 2.5 Days

Welcome to the Running newsletter! Every Saturday morning, we email runners with news, advice and some motivation to help you get up and running. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. Runners are doing all sorts of things to get in their miles while in partial or total lockdown. One runner I followed…

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Dumped Milk, Smashed Eggs, Plowed Vegetables: Food Waste of the Pandemic

In Wisconsin and Ohio, farmers are dumping thousands of gallons of fresh milk into lagoons and manure pits. An Idaho farmer has dug huge ditches to bury 1 million pounds of onions. And in South Florida, a region that supplies much of the Eastern half of the United States with produce, tractors are crisscrossing bean…

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Dialysis Patients Face Close-Up Risk From Coronavirus

Mat Risher leaves the safety of his home near Seattle three days a week for dialysis at a clinic, a treatment he cannot live without but one that now most likely increases his risk of exposure to the coronavirus. About 20 patients sit in a small space with him, tethered for several hours to machines…

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Driving and Travel Restrictions Across the United States

The majority of people in the United States are under a form of stay-at-home order to try to squelch the deadly coronavirus pandemic, yet some still have their reasons for wanting to drive across parts of the country. In the last days, The New York Times has heard from people who have older parents in…

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At the Sourdough Library, With Some Very Old Mothers

In these housebound times, Americans have gone stark baking mad. Shut-ins are channeling their anxieties into pandemic pastries and quarantine cookies, some with icing piped in the shape of surgical masks, others frosted with the face of Dr. Anthony Fauci. Baking essentials such as yeast and flour are in short supply, and Google searches for…

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