Provocative Purchases? Surprisingly Thriving

When lockdown began a few months ago, as some women adopted sweatpants and worn-in tees as a virtual uniform, others were buying apparel that’s considerably more alluring: lacy push-up bras, slinky thongs and other undergarments that are more characteristically reserved for P.P.E.-free, socially undistanced activities. On La Perla’s website, for example, sales of the Ambra…

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Arizona ‘Overwhelmed’ With Demand for Tests as U.S. System Shows Strain

ImageLining up for tests at a site hosted by a migrant justice organization in Phoenix on Saturday.Credit…Matt York/Associated Press People seeking drive-up coronavirus tests in Phoenix faced a three-mile-long car line last weekend. On Friday, Arizona’s largest laboratory received twice as many samples as it could process. The phone line for testing appointments at a…

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A Virus Walks Into a Bar …

Everything you love about your neighborhood bar — the ambience, the crowds, the music, the free-flowing alcohol — makes it the ideal place to catch Covid-19. Around the country, bars are becoming a common source of coronavirus outbreaks. In Louisiana, at least 100 people tested positive for the virus after visiting bars in the Tigerland…

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Wireless sensors for N95 masks could enable easier, more accurate decontamination

Tiny wireless sensors for recycled N95 masks could verify, in real time, whether the respirators are being exposed to proper decontamination conditions. They’re being developed and tested at the University of Michigan through a new National Science Foundation RAPID COVID-19 grant. The batteryless sensors are designed to provide more accurate and less cumbersome monitoring during…

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