Quaranteenagers: Strategies for Parenting in Close Quarters

All normally developing teenagers strive for independence, yearn to be with their peers and look ahead to the future. Given this, how do we care for young people whose wings have been clipped, who aren’t supposed to hang out with their friends and whose plans have been upended by coronavirus? Here are some strategies that…

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Figuring Out Work and Family in the Age of Coronavirus

“This is a new world now.” — Corinne Purtill, a Los Angeles-based journalist who covers health, science, and technology [In Her Words is available as a newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox.] As the Covid-19 outbreak spreads across the world and the U.S. caseload inches toward 6,000 (as of Wednesday),…

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How to Donate Blood as Coronavirus Threatens the U.S. Supply

The nation’s blood supply faces a dire shortage. “It’s an unprecedented situation,” said Dr. Pampee Young, chief medical officer of biomedical services at the American Red Cross. “We are already actively triaging units, determining which hospitals can and can’t get blood.” While donor blood is not being used to treat coronavirus patients, transfusions are still…

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Restaurants Cling to Delivery During Coronavirus Crisis

Like workers in most other fields, restaurant people speak their own language. They talk about covers when they mean customers, sourcing instead of shopping, and cocktail programs, which civilians would just call cocktails. This week, an eerie new term has rippled through the business: contactless delivery. The concept is simple. The kitchen prepares food that…

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Coronavirus Tests Are Now Free, but Treatment Could Still Cost You

Even if they shouldn’t, people may think twice about seeking testing or treatment for the coronavirus if they are worried about getting large medical bills, even when they have health insurance. “The problem is we have reams and reams of evidence that if people know they face hundreds or thousands of dollars in bills, they’ll…

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Free E-Book: Answers to Your Coronavirus Questions

Covid-19 cases continue to be confirmed. By following some basic steps, you can help reduce your risk and do your part to protect others. To help you navigate this highly fluid situation, The Times has compiled more than two dozen pieces of journalism in “Answers to Your Coronavirus Questions,” a free e-book. This book addresses…

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You Can Help Break the Chain of Transmission

After studying infectious diseases, epidemiologists like Helen Jenkins, of Boston University, and Bill Hanage, of Harvard, who are married, typically go one of two ways. “They either become completely and utterly infection conscious,” Dr. Hanage said, “or they are the type of person who drops the toast and picks it up and wipes it off…

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T’s Guide to Staying at Home, and Making the Best of It

Now that we’re nearly through the work week, and school week, the uncanniness of the current moment has set in. Some European countries — like Spain and Italy — have enforced strict lockdowns while in New York, museums, libraries and restaurants have shut down indefinitely. But “social distancing” — not commuting, not dining out, saying…

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