Hospitals Quickly Reshape to Treat Covid-19 Patients

Hospitals Quickly Reshape to Treat Covid-19 Patients

Until mid-March, the emergency room entrance at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, looked much like the entrance to other ERs: an illuminated red “EMERGENCY” sign mounted on a brick facade, above an open space where cars and ambulances could unload patients.By the end of the month, part of that once-open space had been enclosed…

What Does Covid-19 Do to Your Brain?

What Does Covid-19 Do to Your Brain?

During the third week of March, as the pandemic coronavirus that causes Covid-19 was beginning to grip the city of Detroit, an ambulance sped through its streets to Henry Ford Hospital. Inside, a 58-year-old airline worker struggled to understand what was happening to her. Like hundreds of other Covid-19 patients flooding the city’s emergency rooms,…

Venture-Backed Startups Debate the Ethics of Taking US Loans

Venture-Backed Startups Debate the Ethics of Taking US Loans

The novel coronavirus pandemic is punishing some venture-backed startups, as lockdown orders jeopardize business plans years in the making. Revenue streams have evaporated overnight, leaving young companies desperate to cut expenses and attract more funding as investors tighten their wallets.The federal government’s $350 billion small-business loan program could be a lifeline, offering low-interest loans that…

Prophetic Images of an Empty World From Before the Pandemic

Prophetic Images of an Empty World From Before the Pandemic

Empty streets. Abandoned city squares. Silent airports. The images made by German-born photographer Mat Hennek instantly evoke the Covid-19 pandemic that has shut down most of the world. Actually, though, Hennek began working on his Silent Cities series in 2013. Steidl’s publication of a book of the images earlier this month is pure coincidence—the project…

Don’t Be Weird About Your Calendar Settings

Don’t Be Weird About Your Calendar Settings

One chilly afternoon in a simpler time, way back in January 2019, I learned there’d been a codename for the layoff discussions taking place at my office. I saw the meetings, dubbed after a tropical storm, on a colleague’s work calendar, which they had set to Public. Out of morbid curiosity, I checked their calendar…