Study of 17 Million Identifies Crucial Risk Factors for Coronavirus Deaths

An analysis of more than 17 million people in England — the largest study of its kind, according to its authors — has pinpointed a bevy of factors that can raise a person’s chances of dying from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The paper, published Wednesday in Nature, echoes reports from other countries that…

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What Does it Mean to be ‘At Home’ These Days?

Welcome. I write from home because home is where I work, but I’m not always at home any longer. I’ve been to a hardware store this week, a pizzeria, a convenience store and the chandlery for a length of rope, which for someone who’s only been to the supermarket like five times since March seems…

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Grave Shortages of P.P.E. Gear Flare Again as Covid Cases Surge

As coronavirus cases surge across the country, hospitals, nursing homes and private medical practices are facing a problem many had hoped would be resolved by now: a dire shortage of respirator masks, isolation gowns and disposable gloves that protect front-line medical workers from infection. Unlike the crisis that caught a handful of big city hospitals…

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Brooks Brothers, Founded in 1818, Files for Bankruptcy

Brooks Brothers, the retailer known for dressing the great and good of the United States since 1818, filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, buckling under the pressure from the coronavirus pandemic after years of faltering sales as customers embraced more casual apparel and sales shifted online. The company, founded and based in New York, filed for…

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Stephen Gan Is the Latest Magazine Editor Under Fire

In mid-June, Stephen Gan, the founder and editor in chief of V magazine and the creative director of Elle, was eviscerated on Diet Prada, the Instagram feed popular in the fashion industry. Many of his former staffers told the editors of the feed that he was racist, homophobic and sexist. One recalled Mr. Gan —…

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The Boohoo Disaster, Explained

Until recently, Boohoo was one of the fastest-growing online retailers in Britain. The company is known for its $6 bikinis, skintight mini dresses and collaborations with social media and reality TV stars like the Kardashian sisters and “Love Island” personalities. But this week Boohoo became the newest face of worker exploitation, after revelations about conditions…

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Are Robots Coming for Models’ Jobs?

. Style Points is a new weekly column about how fashion intersects with the wider world. Traditional fashion shows weren’t working, the designer felt. They were too stuffy and exclusive, not in step with the rhythms of the technology-savvy present. So he decided to do something a little different. This sounds like a scenario that…

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8 Questions From a Disease Detective on the Pandemic’s Origins

For decades, Dr. Daniel R. Lucey, an infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University, has crisscrossed the globe to study epidemics and their origins. His attention now is on the Covid-19 pandemic, which first came to public notice late last year in Wuhan, China. Its exact beginnings are sufficiently clouded that the World Health Organization has…

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One Perfect Peach

Good morning. I’m firmly of the opinion that you get one really good peach a year, if you’re lucky, if you don’t live in the South or next to a peach orchard. One peach, soft and juicy and sweet. That’s something to treasure. When I get one, I eat it slowly, with joy. Of course…

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Reflections of a Wedding Singer

By Rachel Anne Warren The fourth wall is strong enough to keep a huge guy from acknowledging when he crashes into the bandstand, spilling his drink equally on me and into the monitor, the thud of a heavy metal microphone hitting the floor. I am invisible, physically close but seemingly far and on display. From…

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