Tag: Hygiene and Cleanliness

They Don’t Want to Risk Their Lives to Flip Your Burger

Millions of white-collar workers are telecommuting from home to stay safe as the coronavirus extends its terrifying reach across America. But millions of other workers — supermarket cashiers, pharmacists, warehouse workers, bus drivers, meatpacking workers — still have to report to work each day, and many are furious that their employers are not doing enough […]

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We Can Safely Restart the Economy in June. Here’s How.

The argument that harsh restrictions on business and social interaction during the Covid-19 pandemic will do more harm than good has real power. Unemployment is projected to rise to 30 percent in a few months, and an economic contraction in the second quarter of 15 percent or more has been forecast. President Trump’s wish to […]

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More Americans Should Probably Wear Masks for Protection

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, experts have started to question official guidance about whether ordinary, healthy people should protect themselves with a regular surgical mask, or even a scarf. The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to state that masks don’t necessarily protect healthy individuals from getting infected […]

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It’s Easy to Feel Overwhelmed, but It’s Critical to Remember the Good, Experts Say

It can get overwhelming: a drumbeat of bleak news about the coronavirus pandemic, with events changing so fast that one week seems unrecognizable from the last. “In the moment, it’s painful and miserable and it’s hard,” said Jeremy Ortman, a mental health counselor in New York. “We don’t know what it’s going to look like […]

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In Coronavirus, Industry Sees Chance to Undo Plastic Bag Bans

They are “petri dishes for bacteria and carriers of harmful pathogens,” read one warning from a plastics industry group. They are “virus-laden.” The group’s target? The reusable shopping bags that countless of Americans increasingly use instead of disposable plastic bags. The plastic bag industry, battered by a wave of bans nationwide, is using the coronavirus […]

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Who Knew Grocery Shopping Could Be So Stressful?

As much of the world practices social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus, trips to the grocery store are one of the few reasons many of us still are allowed to leave the house. But the logistics of shopping for groceries can be daunting. What happens if some key items on my shopping list […]

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Virus Rules Let Construction Workers Keep Building Luxury Towers

On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where, like most New Yorkers, residents are largely staying home as the city reels from the coronavirus pandemic, construction workers building a luxury condominium tower are being forced to continue working in confined and often unsanitary conditions. In the heart of Manhattan, work continues on an upscale Hard […]

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Rome’s Homeless Don’t Have the Luxury of Staying Home

ROME — For more than two weeks, the Italian government has trumpeted a central message for containing the spread of the coronavirus: Stay home. But for the thousands who are homeless or living in extreme poverty in Rome, keeping off the streets is nearly impossible. “The message given to stay home is a message that […]

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You’ve Got Mail. Will You Get the Coronavirus?

Scientists agree that the main means by which the SARS-CoV-2 virus jumps from an infected person to its next host is by hitching a ride in the tiny droplets that are sprayed into the air with each cough or sneeze. But with deliveries now at holiday levels as locked-down Americans shop online rather than in […]

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You Can Take Care of Yourself in Coronavirus Quarantine, Starting Right Now

“Trying to preserve some sense of normalcy is really important for people’s well-being,” said Dr. Russell G. Buhr, a pulmonologist at U.C.L.A. Health. Maintaining a routine, he said, like getting up and getting dressed and doing what you usually do, can positively affect mental health. “And good mental health promotes good physical health,” he added. […]

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No Bus Service. Crowded Trains. Transit Systems Struggle With the Virus.

BOSTON — Deanne Austin, a 34-year-old public-school teacher in Detroit, woke up on Tuesday morning with a plan. She needed groceries for herself, and food and litter for her cat, and planned to take buses for her errands. She soon learned, though, that buses were not running because too few drivers had shown up to […]

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Distilleries Race to Make Hand Sanitizer Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Craft distilleries, hearing the call of duty to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, are adding a new product to their lineup of gins, whiskeys and rums: hand sanitizer. Many are reporting extraordinary demand for the product, which has been hard, if not impossible, to find on store shelves. Yet many distilleries are giving away hand […]

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How the Coronavirus Can and Cannot Spread: Sex, Sneezing, Surfaces

A delicate but highly contagious virus, roughly one-900th the width of a human hair, is spreading from person to person around the world. The coronavirus, as it’s known, has already infected more than 200,000 people in 140 countries. Because this virus is so new, experts’ understanding of how it spreads is limited. They can, however, […]

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‘Wash Our Hands? Some People Can’t Wash Their Kids for a Week.’

MAARAT MISRIN, Syria — In northwestern Syria, where a million people who have fled the civil war are sheltering in muddy tent camps and abandoned buildings, the spread of the coronavirus could wreak untold disaster on a devastated region. Forget hand washing and social distancing, the preventive measures recommended by health authorities around the world. […]

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The Most Moisturizing Creams for Diligent Hand Washers

Washing our hands frequently and thoroughly is one of the simplest ways to limit the spread of Covid-19. Hands are responsible for carrying the majority of germs to your respiratory tract, so washing for 20 seconds and paying special attention to neglected areas like nails and thumbs can make a real difference. Dr. Morgan Rabach, […]

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The Christian Response to the Coronavirus: Stay Home

The church, the actual building that houses black bodies and souls, stands at the center of black life and culture. It is a fact hiding in plain sight that one of the first cooperative economic ventures former slaves undertook was the purchase and maintenance of churches. Without the cooperation of the church, many black colleges, […]

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Coronavirus in N.Y.: Will a Surge in Patients Overwhelm Hospitals?

New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation, operator of the largest municipal hospital system in the country, plans to cancel nonemergency surgeries. NYU Langone Medical Center’s Tisch Hospital turned a pediatric emergency room into an intensive care unit for adults. Northwell Health, which has a sprawling network of hospitals, is asking retired nurses to return […]

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They’ve Contained the Coronavirus. Here’s How.

HONG KONG — While the spread of Covid-19 is picking up speed in Europe and the United States, among other regions, the outbreaks in some countries in Asia seem to be under control. The epidemic in China appears to be slowing down after an explosion in cases followed by weeks of draconian control measures. And […]

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