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What Is It Like to Start a New Job During the Pandemic?

My first day at Lifehacker was March 23, 2020 — four months ago or four years ago. I received my employment offer on March 5, exactly one week before my wife and I pulled our kids out of New York City schools, rode the subway for the last time, and…

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Make Little Kids the ‘Family Mask Monitor’

I don’t know about the rest of you, but the novelty of mask-wearing has officially worn thin in my family. My nine-year-old son thought they were pretty cool at first — he even wanted to create reasons to have to wear them — but now he sees them for the…

Reduce Your Risk Of Coronavirus Exposure With A ‘Contact Budget’

Reduce Your Risk Of Coronavirus Exposure With A ‘Contact Budget’

Now that states are opening up again, and a lot of people are required to report back to work, many of us are being forced to navigate new sources of risk and uncertainty. With that in mind, one epidemiologist, Ellie Murray, has a suggestion for how to think about your…