We calculated there was a one in 1.4 billion chance of someone contracting vCJD from a blood transfusion. And that risk will get even smaller with time.
Before the pandemic, an intergenerational tea party wouldn’t have seemed a risky proposition.
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People want a simple answer. Is this action safe? But despite Anthony Fauci bouncing responsibility for COVID-19 risk assessment to individuals, your risk can’t be boiled down to one probability.
It is now up to individuals whether to wear masks in airports and other mass transit areas.
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Despite the halt to the federal mask mandate for mass transit, people may still choose to protect themselves. For those who do, the type of mask and how well it fits matter.
So much uncertainty around risk can make it extra hard to decide what to do.
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People tend to dislike uncertainty and risk – two things that are hard to avoid completely during a pandemic. That’s part of why it can feel especially draining to make even small decisions these days.
More than two years into the pandemic the world is a very different place. But this only partly explains different people’s responses to COVID.
Vaccination has allowed people to be more social again with much less risk of serious illness, but less cautious behaviors put people at an increased risk of catching the virus.
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Calculating your risk of death or hospitalization if you are infected with the coronavirus requires good data – notably, the total number of infections in the US. Unfortunately, that data is fuzzy.
Tesla aims to show off a prototype humanoid robot as soon as next year.
If you see the Tesla Bot as a joke or a harbinger of a dystopian future, you could be missing the real threat, which has more to do with Elon Musk’s power than robots run amok.
It can be hard to see eye to eye when people don’t see risk the same way.
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How you respond to a risk depends on how you weigh the costs and benefits of an action. The problem is you’re not just a logical computer, and emotions bias your interpretation of the facts.
It seems as though every other week there’s a study telling us coffee is good for us, or it’s bad for us. Here’s what to make of this new piece of research.
Climate change, in its impacts on our society, will have the capacity to destabilise and push social, political and economic systems to their limits. We will have to be bold.
Navigating risk can feel like walking on a tightrope, even when you’re perfectly safe.
We often underestimate dangerous risks because they are slow or we think we are in more control of them than we actually are.
A ‘100-year flood’ doesn’t mean you’ll be flood-free for the next 99 years.
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Flood plain statistics can be confusing. There are better ways to think about the risk of severe weather than 100-year storm or flood.
Keeping kids safe is complicated and requires care for both physical and mental health.
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A moral philosopher and bioethicist offers parents some tips for weighing family masking decisions.
The government says hotel quarantine is ‘serving Australia very well’. But if you look at the leaks as a proportion of COVID-positive returnees, it’s a different story.
It’s not yet time to drink inside the pub.
Even with low case numbers, you can argue COVID restrictions shouldn’t end early. Here’s why.
Misinformation and lack of information during the pandemic have made it even harder for people to assess risk.
People have a hard time assessing risk in the best of times. Adding a world-changing pandemic with evolving and sometimes conflicting information has made personal risk assessment much harder.
How do we reasonably and accurately balance the risks of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the benefits? Conceptualising risk can be tricky, but the government’s latest advice is sensible.
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The rush to evacuate communities and abandon nuclear energy was understandable, but an error.
A vase from ancient Greek civilization depicts Apollo consulting the oracle of Delphi.
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The pandemic has made many of us acutely aware of the daily risks we need to take. The ancient Greeks often did not leave risky choices up to individuals alone.
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A new study argues for selective border relaxations. But with COVID-19 more prevalent now than at almost any point in the past, the risk would be substantial.