Here's how Americans coped during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

A survey of 500 adults in the US provides a snapshot of the ways people are dealing with life during a pandemic and how well they think they're doing.

Melissa Liu, Ph.D. Student in Psychology, IUPUI
April 9, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins

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For asthma patients, the novel coronavirus can be scary. Here's what you need to know

Asthma rescue inhalers are in short supply, and asthma sufferers are worried about the risks they face from COVID-19. A doctor answers six key questions.

S. Cindy Xi, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Southern California
April 9, 2020 | conversation

~8 mins

Tags: medicine disease lung-disease asthma health coronavirus coronavirus-2020 covid-19

Stuck at home with your partner? Look to retirees for how to make it work

Cooped up with a partner and nowhere to go to break it up? Coronavirus social distancing... or another day in retirement? Research on older couples holds tips for everyone else on how to deal.

Anne Fishel, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
April 6, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins

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Social media fuels wave of coronavirus misinformation as users focus on popularity, not accuracy

Social media analysts are seeing some alarming trends on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms as the new coronavirus spreads.

Jon-Patrick Allem, Assistant Professor of Research, University of Southern California
April 6, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins

Tags: facebook social-media twitter youtube technology health coronavirus misinformation norms coronavirus-2020 covid-19 covid-19-myths

The CDC now recommends wearing a mask in some cases - a physician explains why and when to wear one

The CDC now recommends that everyone wear a face covering when they go into a public place. But there's confusion about why and if this protects the wearer, people around them or both.

Thomas Perls, Professor of Medicine, Boston University
April 6, 2020 | conversation

~7 mins

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Social distancing works – just ask lobsters, ants and vampire bats

Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.

Julia Buck, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington
April 3, 2020 | conversation

~8 mins

Tags: ants evolution bats contagion isolation animals altruism monkeys mice animal-behavior colonies coronavirus-2020 covid-19 social-distancing

Coronavirus cases are growing exponentially – here's what that means

Exponential growth, such as in a viral epidemic, starts deceptively slowly, then quickly balloons. A mathematician explains the importance of early action and the costs of delay.

Andrew D. Hwang, Associate Professor of Mathematics, College of the Holy Cross
April 2, 2020 | conversation

~5 mins

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COVID-19 could lead to an epidemic of clinical depression, and the health care system isn't ready for that, either

Stress, loss, loneliness and isolation are key factors in clinical depression, which affects millions. The US was unprepared for COVID-19 – will it remain unprepared for its medical aftermath?

Katherine Manbeck, Doctoral candidate, psychology, University of Washington
April 1, 2020 | conversation

~8 mins

Tags: stress grief loneliness isolation clinical-depression coronavirus-2020 covid-19

COVID-19 could lead to an epidemic of clinical depression

Stress, loss, loneliness and isolation are key factors in clinical depression, which affects millions. The US was unprepared for COVID-19 – will it remain unprepared for its medical aftermath?

Katherine Manbeck, Doctoral candidate, psychology, University of Washington
April 1, 2020 | conversation

~8 mins

Tags: stress grief loneliness isolation clinical-depression coronavirus-2020 covid-19

The new coronavirus emerged from the global wildlife trade – and may be devastating enough to end it

Wild animals and animal parts are bought and sold worldwide, often illegally. This multibillion-dollar industry is pushing species to extinction, fueling crime and spreading disease.

George Wittemyer, Associate professor of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University
March 31, 2020 | conversation

~8 mins

Tags: china wildlife endangered-species bushmeat viruses wildlife-trade wildlife-trafficking illegal-wildlife-trade global-pandemic coronavirus-2020 covid-19

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