Coronavirus cases have risen sharply across the Mountain West, Midwest and plains. Over 70% of nonmetropolitan counties are now "red zones," suggesting viral spread is out of control.
Oct. 26, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: health public-health covid-19 coronavirus economics pandemic remote-work social-distancing hospitals face-masks rural great-plains mask-wearing rural-health small-towns
It's draining and depressing to stay on high alert month after month after month. Understanding pandemic fatigue better might help you strengthen your resolve.
Oct. 23, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: public-health covid-19 coronavirus psychology handwashing social-distancing social-norms reopening loneliness social-isolation face-masks masks health-behaviors wearing-masks preventive-health effects-of-social-distancing loneliness-and-social-distancing reopening-after-social-distancing coronavirus-and-handwashing business-reopenings covid-19-prevention
Remembering Mario Molina, Nobel Prize-winning chemist who pushed Mexico on clean energy -- and, recently, face masks
Molina, who died on Oct. 8, 'thought climate change was the biggest problem in the world long before most people did.' His research on man-made depletion of the ozone layer won the 1995 Nobel Prize.
Oct. 10, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: nobel-prize climate-change fossil-fuels atmospheric-science face-masks wind-energy green-jobs mexico ozone-layer clean-energy nobel-prize-in-chemistry montreal-protocol clean-air
The 6-foot rule for social distancing doesn’t account for all risks, particularly indoors. Here's what everyone needs to understand as cooler weather moves more activities inside.
Sept. 9, 2020 • ~9 min
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Your mouth might be obscured, but science shows you say a huge amount with your eyes.
Sept. 1, 2020 • ~6 min
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As face marks and coverings become compulsory worldwide, littering and their potential impact on the environment increases.
Aug. 14, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus ppe litter microplastics face-masks marine-litter coronavirus-insights
'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.
Aug. 10, 2020 • ~9 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus emotion cooperation psilocybin social-distancing altruism oxytocin face-masks masks public-goods performance-enhancement cognitive-enhancement experimental-economics sociopath human-enhancements rules wearing-masks
Researchers can't agree on topics such face mask, immunity and number of infections. Here's why.
Aug. 7, 2020 • ~8 min
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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.
July 20, 2020 • ~6 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus risk risk-taking behavioral-economics face-masks masks health-behaviors behavior mask-wearing
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.
July 16, 2020 • ~8 min
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