An epidemiologist explains the new CDC guidance on 15 minutes of exposure and what it means for you

New guidance from the CDC says that 15 minutes of exposure – regardless of whether that occurs at one time – can result in transmission of the coronavirus.

Ryan Malosh, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan • conversation
today ~6 min

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Sick of COVID-19? Here's why you might have pandemic fatigue

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.

Jay Maddock, Professor of Public Health, Texas A&M University • conversation
today ~8 min

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Cloth masks do protect the wearer – breathing in less coronavirus means you get less sick

In places where everyone wears a mask, cases of COVID-19 seem to be less severe. Evidence from labs and outbreaks suggests that masks protect not only others, but the person wearing the mask, too.

Monica Gandhi, Professor of Medicine, Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine, University of California, San Francisco • conversation
Aug. 19, 2020 ~8 min

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'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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