A Knife to Add Flash to Your Kitchen

It’s not your typical Swiss Army knife. Victorinox, the company that makes those gadget-laden implements, also has several lines of simpler kitchen cutlery. Its newest is a cross-cultural affair, made with a Japanese santoku-shaped seven-inch blade instead of a standard chef’s knife blade. It’s called Damast because the steel is forged according to the Damascus…

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Restaurants Find Hope in Delivering Donated Meals to Hospitals

Last week, a large order from a Twitter follower in Maryland gave the Harlem restaurant FieldTrip a crucial shot of revenue and, perhaps, a glimpse of a way to stay in business during the coronavirus pandemic. FieldTrip’s chef and owner, JJ Johnson, had taken to Twitter on Wednesday to say he had just packed and…

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Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, New Data Suggest

Harsh measures, including stay-at-home orders and restaurant closures, are contributing to rapid drops in the numbers of fevers — a signal symptom of most coronavirus infections — recorded in states across the country, according to intriguing new data produced by a medical technology firm. At least 248 million Americans in at least 29 states have…

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U.S. Retail Crisis Deepens as Hundreds of Thousands Lose Work

Macy’s and Gap said on Monday that they planned to furlough much of their work forces, a stark sign of how devastating the coronavirus will be for major retailers and their workers who sell clothing, accessories and other discretionary goods. Macy’s, which said the cuts would affect the “majority” of its 125,000 workers, lost most…

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Hive Mind of Makers Rises to Meet Pandemic

It started with a fanciful email from one self-described science geek to another. “Hey, we should make a ventilator,” Dr. Chris Zahner, a University of Texas pathologist and former NASA engineer, wrote to Aisen Caro Chacin, an artist and medical device designer, after he learned about Italian hospitals struggling to treat the crush of coronavirus…

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The Doctor’s Symptoms Weren’t Typical. Was She Sick Enough to Stay Home?

“I don’t know what you’re feeling,” the supervising doctor said over the phone, his voice calm and reassuring. “But based on the text you sent me, you shouldn’t go to work.” The 29-year-old woman, an anesthesiology resident in her second year of training, breathed a sigh of relief. “Now,” the training-program director continued, “tell me…

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Coronavirus and Sex: Questions and Answers

These are not sexy times. As an obstetrician and gynecologist in the Bay Area, I’ve been caring for my patients via telemedicine for the past three weeks because of the new coronavirus pandemic. When I ask patients about new sex partners — a standard question for me — the answer is a universal “no.” They…

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What Are My Obligations if I’m a Doctor Who Is High Risk?

I am a physician in an urgent-care setting in the Pacific Northwest, and thus I am at some risk for exposure to coronavirus even when following appropriate precautions. I am in a category that is considered high risk for complications were I to become ill with the coronavirus. The C.D.C. has recommended as of March…

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Are You Having a Baby During the Coronavirus Outbreak?

People who are delivering soon across America have planned their deliveries weeks or months in advance. But as coronavirus cases surge, many of those plans need to be completely reworked. Some hospitals have taken unprecedented steps like barring partners, relatives and doulas from the delivery room. With shelter-in-place orders, many expecting mothers may not have…

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