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The CDC has put out several conflicting messages of late, giving rise to concerns about trust. Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

Why mixed messaging can erode trust in institutions

The CDC has released conflicting messages on masks and transmission of the coronavirus. A scholar explains the nature of trust and why institutions need to be careful.
It’s tempting to take a break from pandemic precautions. Erin Clark for The Boston Globe via Getty Images

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.
If your family has decided to trick-or-treat or give out candy, you’ll want to sit down with your kids and lay some ground rules that take the pandemic into consideration. (Shutterstock)

5 tips for a safe Halloween during COVID-19 — and what to do if trick-or-treating is cancelled

Experts in child development and infectious disease help parents make informed decisions about Halloween and provide tips for communicating with children effectively.
Reasonable precautions like advising customers to wear masks can be enough to prevent successful lawsuits. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

Business liability shield is holding up another coronavirus bailout – a legal scholar explains why immunity is unnecessary and even harmful

Senate Republicans continue to push for sweeping liability protection for companies from coronavirus-related lawsuits, but research and evidence suggests there's little real risk.
Bernard Tobey, a double amputee, and his son, wearing Union sailor uniforms, standing beside a small wagon displaying Secretary of War Edwin Stanton’s dispatch on the fall of Fort Fisher. Fetter's New Photograph Gallery/Library of Congress

How the Civil War drove medical innovation – and the pandemic could, too

Lessons from history make clear that the federal government can spur medical innovation in a crisis, including this pandemic. Providing certainty and clarity is critical.
With the proper equipment, you can enjoy the beauty of the night sky. Allexxandar via iStock/GettyImages

5 ways families can enjoy astronomy during the pandemic

COVID-19 may have messed up school and shut down a lot of entertainment venues. But you can still brighten things up by doing a little stargazing at night, an astronomer says.
A server wears a face mask as he takes an order on an outdoor patio in Montréal in July 2020. Anti-mask sentiment is beginning to surface in Canada as it has in the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Canada is not immune to the politics of coronavirus masks

Masks are widely recognized as a partisan issue in the United States, but an ongoing study of public opinion in Canada shows that they are becoming politicized here as well.
Some church members have no problem wearing masks; others say it’s an unconstitutional mandate. Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

Freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from mask mandates

A Florida minister and a conservative lawmaker filed suit against a county law mandating mask wearing, saying it violates the freedom of religion. A constitutional law professor says they're wrong.

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