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Coronavirus has upended life as we know it ever since the pandemic arrived in New York last
month. But Long Islanders are a tough bunch and we’ve seen many people step up and give us hope
during these unpredictable times.
Leading the way are local medical innovators who are developing a COVID-19 test that gives
results in 15 minutes, testing a pair of promising treatments, and racing to develop a vaccine.
Hauppauge-based mask manufacturer Crosstex has also boosted production to meet increased
demand. And while the economic devastation is currently incalculable, a host of regional companies
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by Long Island Press
Volume 199, No. 4 April 2020
Publisher, Long Island Press
6 THIS MONTH
A look at how the $2.3 trillion federal
coronavirus relief package will help ease
the pain of the pandemic. 10 COVER
How Long Island healthcare innovators,
manufacturers, and biomedical researchers
are getting creative in the race for a
coronavirus cure, treatments, and faster
tests. 14 GUEST COLUMNISTS
Investigative reporter Karl Grossman
issues an Earth Day reminder of the climate
change crisis that’s still at hand. And
Press Editor In Chief Timothy Bolger has a
message for those who think coronavirus
is all media hype.
While the economy is in tatters, some
local businesses are thriving during the
pandemic, a local surgical mask maker
works overtime to meet increased demand,
and the Nassau County Industrial
Development Agency is stepping up to ease
the pain. Also, the nonprofit Luv Michael
cooks up inspiration for Autism Awareness
Month. 29 HEALTH
Boosting immunity is a high priority to
fight COVID-19, front-line advice from Dr.
Aaron Glatt, chair of the Department of
Medicine at Mount Sinai South Nassau,
and meet the local group helping to keep
people in recovery. 37 FAMILY & EDUCATION
Tips for parents to practice self care so they
can take care of their kids, looking on the
bright side with a movement of rainbow
decorations, free education resources for
parents now homeschooling kids, and how
to keep your pet active during quarantine. 45 HOME
How coronavirus impacted the local
residential real estate market, inside a
historic Smithtown home on the market,
and planting the seeds of a greenhouse to
make your gardening season bloom. 51 BUZZ
A roundup of LI greenbelt trails where you
can take a hike, Main Dish restaurants still
serving takeout, a special edition of our
Do This! Event listings tailored for the
stay-at-home order, and recalling the local
riots sparked by a 1892 cholera pandemic
— from cleaners to computer firms — are helping area businesses press on.
In Press Health, we have pro tips on how to boost your immunity to protect yourself from contracting
the virus. In Press Family & Education, we take a look at how COVID-19 forcing school closures has
been especially difficult for children with special needs. And in Press Home, local realtors share how they’re
navigating the crisis just as home-sale season heats up.
In Press Buzz, we have a roundup of LI greenbelt trails where you can go get some fresh air. And
the Main Dish dining section highlights some new places to get some grub, even if it’s just curbside
service for now. They can use all the patronage they can get these days.
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rounding up anything you missed on the updated-daily longislandpress.com.
Stay safe and be well. We’re in this together.
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