Coronavirus, Senate, India: Your Wednesday Briefing


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Good morning.

We are treating a stimulus deal between the Senate and the Trump administration and the growing number of corona viruses in New York . We're also looking at the latest additions to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry (if the news includes Mister Rogers, it's not all bad).

Vice President Mike Pence advised on Tuesday that people who have crossed or left the city should go into a 14-day quarantine issue. Approximately 60 percent of the country's newly confirmed cases of coronavirus were in the New York City metropolitan area.

"It has been 12 days since T woke up with chills in the middle of the night on March 12th. “

In a first-person essay, Jessica Lustig, editor of the Times, describes life with her family since the death of her husband, diagnosed with Covid-19, the coronavirus disease.

She writes: “It is as if we are in a leap in time, in which we have accelerated with 1½ time speed, while everyone around us in time remains present – for us already past – and they go blissfully and unconsciously following their ordinary lives, experiencing the growing news, more urgent advice and instructions than a great community experience, sharing posts and memes about cabin fever, about home. School, about social distancing, about how difficult it all is while we live in our makeshift hospital, we live in what will soon be the present for more and more of them. “

Out of curiosity, an author of The Times Magazine traveled to the area around the former nuclear power plant, where was probably the worst ecological disaster in history. "I was on a kind of perverse pilgrimage," he writes. "I wanted to see what the end of the world looked like."

Above two tourists in an abandoned amusement park in Pripyat, a city built for Chernobyl workers.

The draft could include women: According to a new recommendation to Congress, all Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 would have to – not just young men, as is currently required – register with the government a military draft.

Snapshot: Above a boarding school for needy girls in Maracaibo, Venezuela. As the country's economic crisis worsens, mothers and fathers go abroad to find work, leaving hundreds of thousands of children in the hands of relatives, friends and sometimes each other.

In memoriam: Terrence McNally, a four-time Tony Award-winning playwright, dramatized and domesticated gay life in a Broadway career spanning five decades. He died on Tuesday at the age of 81 from the aftermath of the coronavirus.

A playlist for history: The theme song for "Mister Rogers & # 39; Neighborhood" and the "Y.M.C.A." the villager. are among the 25 admissions included in the National Register of the Library of Congress.

What We Read: This article about a socially distant wedding from The Cut. It's "an enchanting story of making," says Steven Erlanger, our chief diplomatic correspondent in Europe, "if you only have to do this wedding for insurance."

Cook: This "very adaptable" vegetarian chili pan by Melissa Clark is part of her series on cooking with pantry staples.

PM: Netflix & # 39; s The feel-good documentary film "Crip Camp" is reminiscent of a Catskills summer camp that promoted American activism for disability rights. We made it the choice of critics.

Listen: Patrick Stewart reads Shakespeare on Twitter, Ballet Hispánico is on Instagram and art museums expand their digital offering. If you're stuck at home and longing for fine arts, there's a lot going on online.

Smarter Living: Disasters – imagining the worst-case scenario and planning it – can be harmful. Breathe in, stick to the facts, and follow these other suggestions to stay healthy.

There is increasing evidence that anosmia – loss of sense of smell – can be a coronavirus symptom. Medical experts said that people who lose their ability to smell or taste should isolate themselves for at least a week, even if they are otherwise asymptomatic.

Sarah Maslin Nir, a Times reporter who reported an on-site outbreak, lost her sense of smell last week and later tested positive for the virus. She spoke to our colleague Jonathan Wolfe about her experience with our corona virus briefing.

When did you notice that you couldn't smell?

I had a socially distant lunch with a friend on Perry Street, on the opposite ends of a flight of stairs, and she handed me a couple of Clorox towels. And I thought not scented Clorox wipes? That's funny. But then I looked at them and they said "lemon scent".

What did you do next?

I quickly got out because I remembered reading one. I noticed an article about two Chinese health workers and one sentence – that one of the women lost her sense of taste and smell . I went home, got my godmother on FaceTime, opened my spice cabinet and tried to sniff all the spices. I sliced ​​fresh ginger and practically stuck it in my nose and couldn't smell it.

Is anosmia your only symptom?

I don't have a cough or fever, but I'm exhausted. And because I can't smell, the food is boring. Eggplant parmesan tastes like a hot, wet book.

Has your sense of smell returned?

Since I can't smell, I have no real appetite. but I'm still trying to eat nutritiously. After a few days, my sense of smell returned briefly: I made what I would normally do, a kale salad, and surprisingly it didn't taste like serrated paper. But shortly afterwards it went away again.

How would you describe other anosmia?

It is deeply disturbing. It is a constant reminder that something is wrong with your body. You can relax and have a good moment or two, but then you eat your cheerios and your heart beats faster.

That was & # 39; s for this briefing. Until next time.

– Chris

Thank you very much
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