'Morality pills' may be the US's best shot at ending the coronavirus pandemic, according to one ethicist

Rather than a vaccine to beef up your immune system, a psychoactive substance could boost your cooperative, pro-social behavior – curtailing the selfish actions that spur on coronavirus's spread.

Parker Crutchfield, Associate Professor of Medical Ethics, Humanities and Law, Western Michigan University • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~9 min

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Yes, kids can get COVID-19 – 3 pediatricians explain what's known about coronavirus and children

Research shows that children can become infected with the coronavirus and spread it to others. Though rare, some kids do become severely ill and a few have died from COVID-19.

Shipra Gupta, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease, West Virginia University • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~8 min

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How to make sure you're wearing your mask right

Masks are only effective if you follow certain principles when wearing them.

Joy Pieper, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~5 min

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How to make sure your mask maximizes protection, according to a nurse (Hint: Start by wearing over both mouth and nose)

Masks are only effective if you follow certain principles when wearing them.

Joy Pieper, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
July 23, 2020 ~5 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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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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As coronavirus cases spike in the South, Northeast seems to have the pandemic under control - here's what changed

A key difference is people's behavior, as a doctor explains.

Taison Bell, Physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~8 min

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While coronavirus cases spike in the South, the Northeast seems to have it under control - here's what changed

A key difference is people's behavior, as a doctor explains.

Taison Bell, Physician and Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~8 min

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Can people spread the coronavirus if they don't have symptoms? 5 questions answered about asymptomatic COVID-19

There is a lot of confusion and concern around asymptomatic spread of SARS-C0V-2. An infectious disease expert explains how many people are asymptomatic and how they can spread the virus.

Monica Gandhi, Professor of Medicine, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
June 23, 2020 ~8 min

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People are getting sick from coronavirus spreading through the air – and that's a big challenge for reopening

SARS-CoV-2 can be spread through the air. But just how much of a factor that is has been hard to determine. Recent evidence suggests it is common, posing problems as public places begin to reopen.

Douglas Reed, Associate Professor of Immunology, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
June 16, 2020 ~9 min

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