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April 2020

Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and face masks have become the gold standard of commodities in the age of COVID-19. As people adjust to a new life spent indoors, even more items are becoming increasingly hard to find, flying off both supermarket shelves and disappearing from online stores. Many newly desired items are even experiencing major hikes in prices due to increased demand. In this space, NYCityLens will list the latest shortages, giving viewers an inside look at how many are choosing to spend their money on during "quaran-time." Visit us often, as this page will be updated weekly to reflect

Last week, two weeks after New York adopted a shelter-in-place order, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone wear a face covering in public. Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Trump last week also recommended people wear face coverings, though Trump made a point of saying he would not follow the recommendation.  [caption id="attachment_22321" align="alignright" width="245"] Frailing wearing a mask she sewed together // Courtesy of Kristine Frailing [/caption] Since medical masks are difficult to get, even for healthcare workers, Americans have turned to homemade masks for protection.  Accordingly, hundreds of different instructional videos have appeared online, teaching both experienced sewers

[caption id="attachment_22259" align="aligncenter" width="1920"] Photo by Carolyn Booth from Pixabay[/caption] Tight embraces, hand holding, and intimate gatherings to celebrate a life well lived have always been standard practices in the funeral industry. But in the age of COVID-19, such ceremonial rituals can’t exist in tandem with social distancing protocol.   As the death toll nears 2,000 in New York State alone, the governor’s office instructed funeral directors to limit wakes and funeral gatherings to as few immediate family members as possible. All funerals must now be private.  On the frontlines of this pandemic is William “Bill” Villanova, a funeral director at Frank E. Campbell