When the Heat Can’t Be Beat

This miserable summer — monthlong heat waves, record-breaking floods, no more Choco Tacos — has left many Americans with only one option: surrender.

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Maskless Flying

What might a more effective mask mandate look like?

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How to Stop Superspreader Events Without Masks

Buildings need to disinfect the air.

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Didn’t Have to be This Way

Different choices that were available and plausible could have been made at several crucial turning points.

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How to Decide if You Should Still Wear a Mask

Experts weigh in on where, and when, you can safely take one off.

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How Tech Can (and Can’t) Help You Fight Soaring Energy Bills

Thermostats like Nest go a long way toward helping you use less energy, but the real problem-solvers are people.

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Harnessing an Unusual Kind of Natural Energy: Dancers’ Body Heat

The power of dance? It’s literal at a Glasgow arts center that is installing a geothermal heating and cooling system that runs on heat from dancing bodies.

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Air Filters and Outdoor Spaces: Office Costs Rise as Workers Return

Building owners may have saved on maintenance when their offices were dark, but new pandemic-related costs are being added to the bill.

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‘Design and Healing’ Shows How Epidemics Lead to Innovation

“Design and Healing” at the Cooper Hewitt shows adaptations to disease through history that shaped health care, behavior and the form of buildings.

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What We Know About Covid-19, the Flu and the Air We Breathe

We have more power than we thought against the flu and other respiratory viruses.

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The Hot New Back-to-School Accessory? An Air Quality Monitor

Parents are sneaking carbon dioxide monitors into their children’s schools to determine whether the buildings are safe.

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How Bad Indoor Air Quality Can Affect Your Brain

While we tend to worry about inhaling viral particles like the coronavirus, new research shows the air quality at work may have subtle effects on cognitive function.

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6 Questions to Ask About Covid and Air Quality at Work

Ventilation improvements, adding portable air cleaners and simply opening windows can lower the risk of infection in the office.

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Curtains Up! How Broadway Is Coming Back From Its Longest Shutdown.

Determined to reopen, crews are dusting off spotlights, dancers are relearning steps, and everyone is testing, testing, testing as theater seeks to rebound from the devastating pandemic.

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Those Anti-Covid Plastic Barriers Probably Don’t Help and May Make Things Worse

Clear barriers have sprung up at restaurants, nail salons and school classrooms, but most of the time, they do little to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Why Anti-Covid Plastic Barriers in Classrooms and Restaurants May Make Things Worse

Clear barriers have sprung up at restaurants, nail salons and school classrooms, but most of the time, they do little to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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Covid Delta Variant Safety: Your Questions Answered

The rise of the Delta variant of the coronavirus has raised new questions about how the vaccinated can stay safe and avoid breakthrough infections. We asked the experts for advice.

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What Parents Need to Know About the C.D.C.’s Covid School Guidelines

The agency’s advice on distancing, masks and vaccination bring the coming school year a bit more into focus.

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Are ‘Heat Pumps’ the Answer to Heat Waves? Some Cities Think So.

Electric heat pumps are a way to cool and heat homes at a much lower carbon cost than traditional air-conditioners and furnaces.

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How to Reopen Offices Safely

Flush the taps, focus on indoor air quality and consider getting creative about staff schedules.

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Ventilation and Testing Can Help Keep U.S. Schools Open in Fall, Studies Suggest

The studies follow recent federal guidance that all schools teaching students from kindergarten through grade 12 should continue to implement mask-wearing policies through the end of the current school year.

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Covid Pandemic Demands Air Quality Changes in the Workplace, Researchers Say

The researchers issued a call to action to improve indoor air quality as a safeguard against the spread of contagions like the coronavirus.

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Airborne Coronavirus Is a Threat, the C.D.C. Acknowledges

The new focus underscores the need for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue standards for employers to address potential hazards in the workplace, multiple experts say.

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Why Did It Take So Long to Accept the Facts About Covid?

The importance of airborne transmission in the pandemic was clear long before the World Health Organization finally began to acknowledge it.

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Empty Middle Seats on Planes Cut Coronavirus Risk in Study

The risk of exposure on a flight is lowered by 23 to 57 percent if middle seats are kept unoccupied, according to the study. But it did not look at what protection mask-wearing could provide.

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The Next Trick: Pulling Coronavirus Out of Thin Air

Thermo Fisher Scientific’s new air sampler can help monitor for airborne pathogens, and signals renewed interest in bioaerosol surveillance.

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Mayor Ends Remote Work for 80,000 in Signal to Rest of New York City

Office workers will return starting May 3 in a move that is intended to broadcast a message that New York is reopening for business.

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The Virus Spread Where Restaurants Reopened or Mask Mandates Were Absent

C.D.C. researchers found that coronavirus infections and death rates rose in U.S. counties permitting in-person dining or not requiring masks.

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In Their Own Words: Why Experts Say Elementary Schools Should Open

With proper safety measures, doctors and scientists said in a survey, the benefits outweigh the risks.

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