Envy is one of the seven deadly sins – the worst of them all, according to the ‘Canterbury Tales.’
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We're supposed to suppress feelings of envy. But what if the kind spurred by school shutdowns, frontline work and cramped apartments are worth exploring – and acting upon?
Rural communities are seeing population growth as people leave the city during the pandemic.
The coronavirus restricted life in the city and enabled working from home (or anywhere). People are considering moving to the countryside for cheaper cost of living and a higher quality of life.
A traveler walks past screeners testing a system of thermal imaging cameras which check body temperatures at Los Angeles International Airport on June. 24, 2020.
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The US response to the coronavirus was slow and problematic, but it also was rooted in a 19th-century way of viewing public health.
It's easy to judge people who escape from quarantine as not doing their bit. But if we use some basic principles from behavioural science, we might stop people wanting to escape in the first place.
Some quarantine hotels provide more of a 'holiday vibe' than others. Some countries don't use quarantine hotels at all. Others use technology to make sure people stick to the rules.
The centralised system that made NZ's initial pandemic response so successful also explains the recent failures at the border.
With the proper equipment, you can enjoy the beauty of the night sky.
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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.
Rice University will hold some classes in outdoor tents this fall.
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Holding classes inside college classrooms puts students and faculty members at risk. A handful of colleges and universities are finding innovative ways to hold classes outdoors.
Tipped workers may struggle to make minimum wage, especially in the wake of the pandemic.
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Tipped workers have been struggling since before COVID-19, and the pandemic isn't making it better.
A traveller walks between empty check-in kiosks at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport in June 2020.
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Will the joy and exhilaration of travel return after the COVID-19 pandemic? Yes, but with a new value proposition built around safe and secure travel.
With the cost of quarantine sure to rise, the government should look at a fair system based on returning New Zealanders' ability to pay.
For large households living at close quarters, as in Melbourne’s public housing towers, hotel isolation of people with COVID-19 is likely to be more cost-effective.
The spread of the virus through households creates costs higher than for isolation in hotels when families are large and living at close quarters as in Melbourne's public housing towers.
A list of rules from the U.S. Public Health Service in 1918 to reduce the chances of contracting or spreading the devastating flu pandemic.
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How politicians and the public in Denver, Colorado handled the 1918 flu epidemic is relevant to today.
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Australia's island identity and attitude to border security was forged from handling pandemics since the time of federation. Here's what we've learned along the way.
As compulsory testing and more restrictive quarantine rules are being considered, it is critical these measures are properly communicated and used with restraint.
Navigating the neighbourhood on their own may be important for children’s health and well-being.
During the pandemic, children’s independent mobility may be more essential than ever before.
Folks are more likely to social distance properly if there are economic incentives to do so.
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Two economists argue that people who believe the economy will turn around quickly have more incentive to quarantine.
Emergency hospital during influenza epidemic at Camp Funston in Kansas around 1918.
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A century ago, the influenza pandemic killed about 50 million people. Today we are battling the coronavirus pandemic. Are we any better off? Two social scientists share five reasons we have to be optimistic.
Multiple failures to properly enforce border quarantine measures should never have happened, given the strength of New Zealand's emergency laws.
Two new cases of COVID-19 have been announced in New Zealand, after 23 consecutive days with no new cases. But that doesn't mean that the country's elimination efforts have failed.