Covid-19 Changed How the World Does Science, Together

Using flag-draped memes and military terminology, the Trump administration and its Chinese counterparts have cast coronavirus research as national imperatives, sparking talk of a biotech arms race. The world’s scientists, for the most part, have responded with a collective eye roll. “Absolutely ridiculous,” said Jonathan Heeney, a Cambridge University researcher working on a coronavirus vaccine.…

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They Made New Lives in the U.S. The Coronavirus Sent Them Fleeing.

SYDNEY, Australia — As countries began sealing their borders against the coronavirus and airlines rapidly slashed flights, Isabel Lo, who is due to give birth in July, had a decision to make: rely on the American health care system or leave her husband to fly home to Australia. Ms. Lo, a Chinese-Australian who until last…

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Is It Time for Americans to Embrace the Bidet?

In recent weeks, as the coronavirus has tightened restrictions on public and private life, Americans have been hoarding toilet paper, their shopping carts piled high, as supplies were quickly depleted: the shelves, and sometimes whole aisles, bare. What we buy in times of crisis says a lot about who we are. “The pasta shelves are…

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Some Pregnant Women Who Can Afford to Are Fleeing New York City

The plane leaving New York was nearly empty. Ariella Tabick, one of a handful of passengers flying to Colorado on Thursday evening, was 31 weeks pregnant, and the idea of giving birth at a hospital in New York City had started to feel too risky. So Tabick, a special education kindergarten teacher, and her husband…

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Too Much Time on Your Hands? Try Rearranging the Furniture

Spend enough time in your home and you may wonder why you decorated it the way you did. Perhaps now that your kitchen island doubles as a home office, you can’t help but scrutinize the position of the dining room table or the height of the pendant lights. Even if your furniture arrangement has worked…

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Did a Cult Hair-Care Line Cause Thousands of Women to Lose Their Hair?

Ayesha Malik’s long dark hair once fell in such unbelievably perfect Botticelli curls that in 2017 she felt compelled to take to YouTube to prove to online naysayers that she didn’t use a curling iron or wear a wig. Her hair-care routine included DevaCurl products, which she promoted first as a fan and then, inevitably,…

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Grim Models Project High U.S. Toll

Here’s what you need to know: ImageMedical workers transferred the bodies of people who had died after contracting the virus to a temporary morgue in Brooklyn on Monday.Credit…Justin Lane/EPA, via Shutterstock Models predicting expected spread of the virus in the U.S. paint a grim picture. The top government scientists battling the coronavirus estimated Tuesday that…

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COVID-19 information overload leads to simple but unhelpful choices

That the COVID-19 situation has been accompanied by a relentless flood of information is evident from a quick examination of newspaper front pages, top stories on any news channel, or trending topics on Twitter. The TMI (too much information) effect has led to the danger of information overload, — a phenomenon studied for over twenty…

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COVID-19: PCORI-funded study to assess antimalarial drug’s ability to prevent coronavirus infection

WASHINGTON (April 1, 2020) — The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors today approved up to $50 million to fund a registry and randomized clinical trial of the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in preventing COVID-19 infections in U.S. healthcare workers. The registry will create a community of healthcare workers (HCWs) interested in contributing…

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