A Rockaway Life

The first morning that I woke up in Rockaway Beach after moving from Brooklyn eight years ago, I walked barefoot with my coffee to the boardwalk just because I could. It was April and my feet were stinging from the cold by the time I got there, but the smell of salt air, the warmth…

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A Brief History of ‘Karen’

Ask a woman named Karen what she used to think of her name and you’ll hear phrases like “generic,” “perfectly serviceable” and “an easy name.” In 2020, Karen is no longer “an easy name.” Once popular for girls born in the 1960s, it then became a pseudonym for a middle-aged busybody with a blond choppy…

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In Indonesia, False Virus Cures Pushed by Those Who Should Know Better

First, Indonesia’s agriculture minister promoted wearing a necklace containing a eucalyptus potion to cure the coronavirus. Not to be outdone, the governor of Bali, a popular resort island, pushed his own remedy: inhaling the steam from boiled arak, a traditional alcohol made from coconuts. So-called influencers and self-styled experts have also pushed their own quack…

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The Lancet Public Health: UK and US healthcare workers report higher rates of COVID-19 compared to general population in early pandemic period

The authors say that health-care systems should ensure adequate availability of PPE and develop additional strategies to protect health-care workers from COVID-19, particularly those from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds Frontline healthcare workers may have substantially higher risk of reporting a positive test for COVID-19 than people from the general population, according to an…

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