Coronavirus vs Flu vs Allergies: Which One is It?

The New York Times has made a free e-book with answers your coronavirus questions. It features more than two dozen chapters on how you can reduce your risk, what you can do to protect others, what scientists have learned, what to do if you’re worried about the stock market and more. You can download it…

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Things to Do in N.Y.C. This Weekend During Coronavirus Quarantine

ImageCredit…Caveat Three weeks into life under mandated social distancing, New Yorkers have been adjusting to this new reality by moving their social lives online. From virtual dance parties with live D.J. sets to dinners and recipe-sharing over Zoom, they’ve shown that social distancing doesn’t mean giving up social interaction. In fact, it can be a…

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F.D.A. Approves First Coronavirus Antibody Test in U.S.

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new test for coronavirus antibodies, the first for use in the United States. Currently available tests are designed to find fragments of viral genes indicating an ongoing infection. Doctors swab the nose and throat, and amplify any genetic material from the virus found there. The new…

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Touting Virus Cure, ‘Simple Country Doctor’ Becomes a Right-Wing Star

Last month, residents of Kiryas Joel, a New York village of 35,000 Hasidic Jews roughly an hour’s drive from Manhattan, began hearing about a promising treatment for the coronavirus that had been rippling through their community. The source was Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, 46, a mild-mannered family doctor with offices near the village. Since early March,…

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Unproven Stem Cell Therapy Gets OK for Testing in Coronavirus Patients

An experimental stem cell therapy derived from human placentas will begin early testing in patients with the coronavirus, a New Jersey biotech company said Thursday. The treatment, being developed by the company Celularity, has not yet been used on any patients with symptoms of Covid-19, but it has caught the attention of Rudy Giuliani, President…

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F.D.A. Relaxes Blood Donation Guidelines for Gay Men and Others

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday that it was reducing the amount of time men who have had sex with men should wait before they give blood, from one year to three months, in hopes of spurring blood donation amid a drastic drop in supply during the coronavirus pandemic. The earlier 12-month waiting…

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John Murray, Pioneering Lung Expert, Dies at 92

This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here. Dr. John Murray, an internationally recognized expert in pulmonology, helped the medical world understand a deadly condition known as acute respiratory distress syndrome. On March 24, the condition he helped define led to his death.…

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A Stay-at-Home Whiskey Project: The Infinity Bottle

Josh Peters had been doing it for years, but didn’t know it had a name. Whenever one of his bottles of whiskey dwindled to its last ounce or two, he would pour it into another bottle that held the remains of other whiskeys. “I just always called mine a solera bottle,” said Mr. Peters, who…

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The Alternate Aesthetic Realities of ‘Tiger King’

Of all the shocks in the new Netflix true-crime series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” — and they are myriad — few are more singular, more head-tiltingly odd than the scenes in which the show’s protagonists, particularly the sideshow zoo captain Joe Exotic, interact with animals. It’s a disorienting, disquieting sort of normalcy. As…

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Do Tea Drinkers Live Longer?

Drinking tea may lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers combined data from 39 observational studies involving more than 1.8 million men and women who drank black or green tea. The review of studies is in Advances in Nutrition. They found that each one-cup increase in daily tea consumption was associated with an average 2…

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