by Anna Breuer

Mankind has been coughing and sneezing since the dawn of time.
Both sneezing and coughing are completely natural reactions to allergens, colds, and the flu, but there is a right way – and a wrong way – to cough or sneeze.
By the “right way,” we mean how to cough or sneeze in a healthy and hygienic manner, so as not to spread germs via aerosols and droplets.
To reduce the possibility of …

When Does Daylight Saving Time Start This Year?

by Jonathan Spira

When do the clocks change?
We all know that clocks don’t really change: We just move the hands forward or backwards one hour. But why do we do that? And when?
You’re probably reading this article to find out so fasten your seatbelt and here goes.
Welcome to Daylight Saving Time 101.
The day on which we welcome Daylight Saving Time or revert back to Standard Time isn’t exactly a holiday and it’s moved …

It’s Time to Unbundle the Term ‘Long Covid’ and Define Long Covid Endotypes

by Jonathan Spira

As more studies on the causes of Long Covid come out, one thing is becoming increasingly clear, something that I’ve pointed out many times over the past several years. The term “Long Covid” potentially covers over 200 symptoms but no universal clinical case definition exists.
Those of us suffering from Long Covid – including myself – can’t undergo a non-existent test to diagnose the condition and many don’t know what to …

Review: ‘White Rose: The Musical’ ‘Not Only Deserves to be Heard, But It Deserves to be Sung and Sung Loudly’ at Theatre Row

by Jonathan Spira

Sophie Scholl. Hans Scholl. Christoph Probst. Karl Huber.
The names of those three students and one professor – anti-National Socialist political activists all – have haunted me since the days when I was a student at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.
You see, I started each and every day by waking up in my apartment in the Studentenstadt-Freiman, which was located on Christoph-Probst-Straße. I took the U-3 or U-6 or drove to the …

Getting Reinfected by SARS-CoV-2: It Takes a Village to Survive a Pandemic

by Jonathan Spira

There’s much scientists and physicians know about SARS-CoV-2, aka Covid-19, but there’s even more than they don’t know.
So far, the world has experienced over 703 million reported cases, just under seven million Covid-related deaths, and there are at the present time 22.2 million active reported Covid cases across the globe.
Covid, at least for the time being, is here to stay and we know that contracting the virus doesn’t bestow permanent …

The Story of the Infamous New Yorker Hotel Squatter Who Reenacts ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’ and Tried to Steal the Actual Hotel

by Kurt Stolz

The iconic Music Box Theatre is 11 blocks due north of the equally iconic New Yorker Hotel. Both are New York City landmarks but, while the former was the theater in which George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s hit Broadway comedy “The Man Who Came to Dinner” opened, the latter is where a non-comedic replay of sorts played out over the past six years.
Known for its distinctive red “New Yorker” …

Forecasts Called for New York and New Jersey to Wake Up to a Few Inches of Snow. As Much as 10” Hit the Ground as the Storm Shifted North.

by Paul Riegler

It’s axiomatic that the only weather forecast that is accurate is the one  obtained by looking out the window. People in the New York metro area who looked out the window shortly before bedtime were in for a surprise, what turned out to be a fairly heavy snowfall by the time the white stuff stopped falling around 10 a.m. EST.
It’s fair to say that weather forecasting has come a long …

What’s Open and What’s Closed on Presidents’ Day in 2024

by Paul Riegler

This coming Monday is known as Presidents’ Day, a national holiday that is officially known as Washington’s Birthday.  The day commemorates the life of George Washington, an American soldier and statesman who was a Founding Father of the United States as well as the country’s first president.
Washington’s actual birthday, February 22, was first declared a federal holiday in 1879 by an act of Congress. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Act …