Death Rates Have Dropped for Seriously Ill Covid Patients

The coronavirus struck the United States earlier this year with devastating force. In April, it killed more than 10,000 people in New York City. By early May, nearly 50,000 nursing home residents and their caregivers across the country had died. But as the virus continued its rampage over the summer and fall, infecting nearly 8.5…

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Gilead’s Covid-19 Drug is Mediocre. It Will Be a Blockbuster Anyway.

The United States reached a milestone, of sorts, when last week the Food and Drug Administration approved the first treatment for Covid-19. The drug is called Veklury, although most people know it by its scientific name, remdesivir. On Wednesday, its manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, said that remdesivir, which has been authorized for emergency use since the…

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Ancient Dog DNA Shows Early Spread Around the Globe

The most extensive study of ancient dog DNA to date has shown how rapidly dogs spread across the world after domestication, and pins their likely origin to a group of extinct wolves. The new report in the journal Science pushes ancient DNA studies of dogs to a new level, but raises as many questions as…

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Jameela Jamil Just Can’t Filter Herself

“I don’t think I’ve ever done a refined thing in my life,” says Jameela Jamil. This is cool but also tricky, because she’s an ambassador for H&M Studio’s Refined Rebel collection, which is out now and jammed—much like Jameela—with bright and bold ideas. “Can I respectfully pass on being refined?” She laughs. Sure, but thankfully,…

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A Glass House in the Mexican Desert

At dusk, the house appears as a phosphorescent box, its mirrored panels reflecting the light of the sky and the ocher hues of the mountainside that, as if a mirage, will soon vanish as night falls. Casa Etérea — perched above San Miguel de Allende on the rugged slopes of the extinct Palo Huérfano volcano,…

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Dating Before the Election

Rebecca Cibbarelli, 23, was texting with a man on Hinge while Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence debated on her TV screen in early October. When she told her match what she was watching, he said he didn’t know who either of the people in the debate were, or which political office they…

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There’s a Blue Moon on Halloween

The moon remains, perpetually and since antiquity, a source of cultural wonder. Last week, when NASA announced that it would reveal “an exciting new discovery” about the moon in a matter of days, the internet, thirsty for distraction, went wild speculating about it. (It happened to be exciting news for space scientists — water and…

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How to Run a Race in a Time of Surging Coronavirus

Competitive runners could soon face a familiar 2020 dilemma, as some race directors tiptoe forward with plans for in-person events, even as coronavirus cases climb again nationwide. Runners registered for these races, including me, must now decide whether we feel comfortable racing in-person and, if so, how we can best protect ourselves and the runners…

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Carly Cushnie Is Shutting Down Her Eponymous Label

Frazer HarrisonGetty Images Since the start of the pandemic in March, the fashion industry has been devastated in more ways than one. Cushnie, the beloved fashion brand known for its sleek, demure designs, is the latest victim to succumb to COVID-19’s damaging affects. Today, designer Carly Cushnie announced that she’s been forced to shut down…

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Can I Tell My Friend Her Halloween Costume Is Problematic?

A new friend in the Midwest was invited to an outdoor Halloween party where mask-wearing was requested. We went shopping for an art-inspired costume for her. But I saw that she was gravitating toward period costumes. After the party, she posted pictures online. I was stunned! She wore a full-blown Scarlett O’Hara-type gown — to…

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