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A $200 fine for not wearing a mask is fair, as long as free masks go to those in need

The fines for failing to wear a mask during Melbourne’s lockdown have been criticised as ‘punitive’. But the fact that masks are cheap or free, with huge public health benefits, makes it justifiable.
Masks are a crucial tool for stopping the pandemic – but don’t let them give you a false sense of security. Patricia J. Garcinuno/Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images Europe

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.
People wear face masks as they gather in a city park on Canada Day in Montréal. Incentives could encourage more Canadians, especially younger Canadians, to embrace COVID-19 safety measures. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

To change coronavirus behaviours, think like a marketer

Policy-makers and public health officials would be wise to consider a modern, data-driven approach and incentives to encourage people to adhere to safety measures in the COVID-19 era.
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Which face mask should I wear?

The advice on wearing masks in public has just changed in Australia. Here are your options if you live in Melbourne or other areas with high rates of community transmission.
Sherry Brewer, a teacher at the Galloway Children’s Center, watches over children as they enjoy snacks after a pre-Fourth of July parade in Jackson, Mississippi, June 26, 2020. AP Photo/Rogilio V. Solis

A leading infectious disease expert explains how to be as safe as possible on this very different Fourth

This is the first Fourth of July in which Americans must deal with the coronavirus pandemic. One of the nation’s premier infectious disease experts explains why it’s important to take special care.
The coronavirus crisis isn’t hitting all communities equally hard, calling for not just aid like this California food bank but also justice-oriented policies to redress harms. Mario Tama/Getty Images

3 moral virtues necessary for an ethical pandemic response and reopening

Confronting the massive social problems caused by the coronavirus requires policies built on compassion, solidarity and justice – core values of virtuous societies worldwide.

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