Three major scientific controversies about coronavirus

Researchers can't agree on topics such face mask, immunity and number of infections. Here's why.

Manal Mohammed, Lecturer, Medical Microbiology, University of Westminster • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~8 min

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Mandatory face masks might lull people into taking more coronavirus risks

Policies meant to improve public health – like mandatory face masks during the coronavirus pandemic – need to take into account how people might adjust other behaviors in response.

Konrad Grabiszewski, Associate Professor of Economics, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College (MBSC) of Business & Entrepreneurship • conversation
July 20, 2020 ~6 min

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How the coronavirus pandemic became Florida's perfect storm

A close look at Florida's economy shows just how vulnerable the state and its population are to a pandemic, and some of the reasons state officials hesitate to take action.

Murray J. Côté, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~8 min

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Why the coronavirus pandemic became Florida's perfect storm

A close look at Florida's economy shows just how vulnerable the state and its population are to a pandemic, and some of the reasons state officials hesitate to take action.

Murray J. Côté, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~8 min

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For Florida, the coronavirus pandemic was a perfect storm

A close look at Florida's economy shows just how vulnerable the state and its population are to a pandemic.

Murray J. Côté, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~8 min

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Personality can predict who's a rule-follower and who flouts COVID-19 social distancing guidelines

Psychologists call these traits the 'Big Five': openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. A researcher suggests your profile implies your response to social distancing.

James M. Honeycutt, Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University; Lecturer in Executive Education, University of Texas at Dallas • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~9 min

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The science of how you sound when you talk through a face mask

Worried you won't be understood while wearing a mask? Don't be. We studied how people sound while talking through fabric and the results are encouraging.

Dominic Watt, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Speech Science, University of York • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Are we all OCD now, with obsessive hand-washing and technology addiction?

Behaviors that would have been seen as pathological a few months ago are now applauded as adaptive and resourceful. Where do doctors draw the line?

David Rosenberg, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Wayne State University • conversation
June 15, 2020 ~8 min

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Clear masks for caregivers mean young children can keep learning from adults' faces

With caregivers' faces covered, infants and young children will miss out on all the visual cues they'd normally get during stages of rapid developmental growth.

Lisa S. Scott, Professor in Psychology, University of Florida • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

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How do you stay safe now that states are reopening? An expert explains how to assess risk when reconnecting with friends and family

The U.S. is slowly reopening, but the messages from governments are confusing. An expert offers guidance on many people's first priority -- connecting with loved ones.

Ryan Malosh, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~8 min

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