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Can a pair of jeans kill the coronavirus?

Can a pair of jeans kill the coronavirus?

Are we asking too much from our jeans? Maybe. They’re expected to wick sweat, sculpt our behinds, and provide full-body motion for squats and lunges, all while exuding a cool-but-not-trying-too-hard vibe. And now, in these After Times, they’re also supposed to keep the coronavirus — the same one that has killed more than 1 million…
The Trump-related coronavirus cases we’ll never hear about

The Trump-related coronavirus cases we’ll never hear about

Day in and day out at the White House, President Donald Trump is surrounded by valets, housekeepers, servers, Secret Service, advisers, and other staffers. Covid-19 has been spreading among him and more than 20 people in his close orbit in recent weeks, and their carelessness with a lethal virus has left countless others exposed. Helen…
Coronavirus is in the air. Here’s how to get it out. 

Coronavirus is in the air. Here’s how to get it out. 

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, can float in the air. In particular, it can linger in poorly ventilated indoor spaces, spreading farther than 6 feet from its source. These indoor public spaces are high risk and should be avoided while the virus is still spreading. But, increasingly, people are returning to those spaces: Bars…
Joe Biden’s plan to beat the coronavirus

Joe Biden’s plan to beat the coronavirus

Joe Biden’s plan to beat back the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States is founded on a simple premise: leadership matters. President Donald Trump has badly botched the response thus far, according to most experts, and the numbers tell the tale: 200,000 Americans are dead. He’s tried to discredit the scientific institutions tasked with managing…
Coronavirus Made Screen Time Trackers Obsolete — & That’s A Good Thing

Coronavirus Made Screen Time Trackers Obsolete — & That’s A Good Thing

Whether or not screen time has historically been something you worry about, you've probably observed that once it became clear we'd be carrying out most of our lives through screens, the screen time experts got real quiet. A few months into the pandemic, though, they re-emerged with retractions and hot takes like: "I Was A…
Andrew Yang on UBI, the coronavirus, and his next job in politics

Andrew Yang on UBI, the coronavirus, and his next job in politics

The last time Andrew Yang was on The Ezra Klein Show, he was just beginning his long-shot campaign for the presidency. Now, he’s fresh off a speaking slot at the Democratic convention and, as he reveals in this episode, talking to Joe Biden about a very specific role in a Biden administration. Which is all…
How coronavirus devastated Texas’s vulnerable borderlands

How coronavirus devastated Texas’s vulnerable borderlands

It was a Friday night, and Ivan Melendez, the public health authority for Hidalgo County, Texas, had been on the job since 7 am. He was preparing to put in another 10 hours of work as he parked outside Edinburg Regional Medical Center, about a half-hour drive from the Mexican border. He knew what to…
Coronavirus Mansion Parties Are Yet Another Symptom Of The Disease Of American Capitalism!!

Coronavirus Mansion Parties Are Yet Another Symptom Of The Disease Of American Capitalism!!

That's why these mansion parties feel so particularly frustrating to witness: They’re examples of the behavior of privileged people acting like they are exempt from the rules that govern most of us, because, well, they always have been. Ultra-rich people break rules more often, Brad Klontz, a psychologist who works with millionaires and billionaires, told…
Why the next coronavirus stimulus bill is still stalled in Congress

Why the next coronavirus stimulus bill is still stalled in Congress

Enhanced unemployment insurance — a key lifeline for millions of workers during the Covid-19 pandemic — has now lapsed, with no clear indication of when it might be renewed. And in a delay that’s surprising even for Congress, lawmakers’ talks over extending the weekly $600 boost in UI — and approving broader stimulus — remain…
Scientists say the coronavirus is airborne. Here’s what that means.

Scientists say the coronavirus is airborne. Here’s what that means.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the World Health Organization has stressed that, primarily, Covid-19 spreads through very close personal contact. The virus-laden droplets exhaled from a sick person’s mouth and nose, the thinking goes, are heavy, and fall to the ground before they can get much farther than 6 feet. But as the pandemic…

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