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Naomi Elliott

Trapped at Home With People You Met on Craigslist

No one answers an ad for roommates expecting to end up quarantined with them.

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How the Coronavirus Is Influencing Children’s Play

Play is children’s language, and parents shouldn’t be concerned if the pandemic has been showing up in kids’ games lately.

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How the 1918 Pandemic Frayed Social Bonds

The influenza pandemic did long-lasting damage to relationships in some American communities. Could the mistrust have been prevented?

Dear Therapist Writes to Herself in Her Grief

My father died, there’s a pandemic, and I’m overcome by my feeling of loss.

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How Not to Tank Your Relationship in Quarantine

“This time of isolation could be a period of great growth or great struggle in your relationship.”

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My Whole Household Has COVID-19

“The thought of simply breathing in and out without coughing and reuniting with my children ... is goal enough. To—literally—live and let live will be enough.”

The Child-Care Crisis Is Even Worse for Health-Care Workers

Medical professionals need to be at work more urgently than ever, but their child care has essentially evaporated. Eager (but fragile) networks of volunteers have stepped in to help.

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The Four Possible Timelines for Life Returning to Normal

The coronavirus outbreak may last for a year or two, but some elements of pre-pandemic life will likely be won back in the meantime.

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All the Cozy Little Things Keep Me Going

The sound of rain, the feel of a pencil, the routine of making the bed—the power of these things to make me feel better, even in a pandemic, shouldn’t be underestimated.

There’s No Zoom Party Like a College Zoom Party

Gen Z’s impulse to congregate online and post constantly—which older adults often mock—is serving them well in self-quarantine.

Dear Therapist: My Best Friend’s Wife Cheated on Him

I don’t want to be cruel to her, but I cannot be her friend.

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The Biggest Worry for Doctors Fighting the Pandemic

America’s medical professionals are risking their lives. But their greatest fear is that they’ll move from being part of the solution to part of the problem.

When You're Pregnant During a Pandemic

I’m a war correspondent, but nothing prepared me for navigating the joys and fears of pregnancy under lockdown

You Should Already Be in Lockdown

“Six feet away” just doesn’t cut it.

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Who Will Run the Soup Kitchens?

Is it better to put volunteers and the needy at risk by keeping important services open, or to stay home, knowing people will go hungry as a result?

What Do You Tell Someone Who Still Won’t Stay Home?

A guide to convincing your loved ones to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously

Katie Porter Is Tired Too

The congresswoman from California is giving her kids daily coronavirus briefings—and criticizing the Democratic leadership from afar.

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COVID-19 Is Upending Parents’ Birth Plans

A global pandemic adds several more layers of logistical and emotional overwhelm to the already overwhelming time of new parenthood.

The Coronavirus Is a Disaster for Feminism

Pandemics affect men and women differently.