As CDC warns against Thanksgiving travel, here are a dozen more things you can do to help stop COVID-19

Inaction over the next few months could cost tens of thousands of lives. Here are things you should do now to stay safe and to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Pamela M. Aaltonen, Professor Emerita; Immediate Past President, APHA, Purdue University • conversation
Nov. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Hoarding, stockpiling, panic buying: What's normal behavior in an abnormal time?

The pandemic has put a spotlight on a once little-discussed disorder – hoarding. But hoarding disorder is not what you might think.

Carol Mathews, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Florida • conversation
Nov. 17, 2020 ~8 min

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‘Handmorph’ makes grip smaller to up empathy for kids

A new device called HandMorph can help adults get a taste of what it's like to interact with the world as a child, researchers say.

Robert Mitchum-Chicago • futurity
Nov. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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Sketchy darknet websites are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic – buyer beware

The global pandemic has fueled illicit online sales of COVID-19 commodities, some of which are dangerous or illegal. Researchers are assessing the size and reach of this underground market.

David Maimon, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Georgia State University • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~7 min

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Robotic hand uses soft touch to grip and grab

A new robotic hand may offer just the right touch for automated packaging, medical applications, and picking fruit.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
July 22, 2020 ~5 min

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5 things you should do right now to fight the rising number of COVID-19 cases

With COVID-19 cases rising in more than half of the states, the next two weeks are critical for stopping a spike in cases. An epidemiologist reminds us to get back to the basics now.

Paulina Columbo, Graduate student, Public Health, University of Arizona • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

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Tiny zaps could steady human hands for robotic surgery

The method could help give surgeons more feedback about how close they are to soft tissue during robot-assisted surgery, researchers say.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: heavy use of hand sanitisers could boost antimicrobial resistance

Misuse of common cleaning products or hand sanitisers can lead to antimcrobial resistance in bacteria.

Winston Morgan, Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry, University of East London • conversation
April 17, 2020 ~6 min

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Ignaz Semmelweis, the doctor who discovered the disease-fighting power of hand-washing in 1847

A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of handwashing to stop the spread of infectious disease.

Leslie S. Leighton, Visiting Lecturer of History, Georgia State University • conversation
April 14, 2020 ~8 min

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Viruses live on doorknobs and phones and can get you sick – smart cleaning and good habits can help protect you

The coronavirus, like many infectious diseases, can live and spread on inanimate objects in the world around us. An epidemiologist explains how and gives some advice on how to minimize the risk.

Joseph Eisenberg, Professor and Chair of Epidemiology, University of Michigan • conversation
March 17, 2020 ~7 min

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