Social distancing is one of the key ways to keep the coronavirus from spreading.
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Handling the US outbreak requires a look at what's working for the rest of the world – and our own history.
Pence and Trump attend a coronavirus task force briefing.
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The federal government has declared a state of emergency over COVID-19. Two public health scholars explain what that means.
Behavior is changing because of the coronavirus. Is perceived risk the reason why?
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Using a survey taken from March 10 – March 16, social scientists tried to untangle the complicated connection between feelings of vulnerability and behavior change in response to the coronavirus.
Journalists have been telling the public about the coronavirus.
There's a lot of scholarship, but a likely reason is pretty basic: People simply don't trust what they're reading and hearing.
A nursing home resident in Rome is moved to a hospital.
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The coronavirus found dangerously fertile ground in elements of the country's demographics, business, geography and culture.
Will a warmer world be more taxing on mental health?
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In a rapidly warming world, temperature increases are a challenge to mental well-being. A group of economists quantified the relationship.
An employee in Nantong, China, checks the production of chloroquine phosphate, an old drug for the treatment of malaria.
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A medicinal chemist addresses questions about chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine: what it is, whether it is effective against COVID-19 and whether it can treat and/or prevent this disease.
Leaders of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska voted to postpone the 85th Annual Tribal Assembly because of the pandemic.
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American Indians and Alaska Natives are the most impoverished and marginalized group in the US. Tribes are working to protect their people from the coronavirus, but they have few resources to do so.
The pipeline of pharmaceuticals is easily disrupted.
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Drug shortages occur regularly in the US, even in the best of times. The pharmaceutical supply chain embodies 'just in time' shipping and has little built-in redundancy.
U.S. officials risk public health by equating COVID-19 with places far from home.
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Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.
Unless danger is flashing before us, we view risks through rose-colored glasses.
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Humans tend to downplay their own susceptibility to being harmed – an attitude of 'it won't happen to me' that could be hindering the collective response to the pandemic.
People wear a protective mask as they attend a Hindu ritual, known as Melasti, in Bali, Indonesia, on March 22.
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As the coronavirus spreads and life comes to a standstill, people are coming up with a host of rituals to maintain a sense of order and human connection.
Shoppers in Brooklyn continue to buy produce at a farmers market.
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Small-scale farmers are likely to be hit hard if open-air markets close due to coronavirus fears. This could have a longer-term impact on the food supply chain.
Most home care aides are single women.
Home care aides play a critical role in providing health care to the elderly and other groups at the greatest risk of infection. Yet these workers are vulnerable too.
it’s never good to find your data locked up.
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Police experience in crisis and hostage negotiation could come in handy when dealing with cybercriminals who have, effectively, kidnapped data.
An emergency polio ward in Boston in 1955 equipped with iron lungs. These pressurized respirators acted as breathing muscles for polio victims, often children, who were paralyzed.
Polio was nearly eradicated with the Salk vaccine in 1955. At the time, little was known about this mysterious disease that paralyzed and sometimes killed young children.
Virtual medical care can be effective and eliminate unnecessary exposure to the coronavirus.
Physicians and patients are grappling with rapid-fire changes and a shift to virtual medicine.
Seniors may need help shopping, picking up prescriptions, and connecting with others.
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Look out for your elderly parents, family members, friends and neighbors. It could save their lives.
A healthcare worker interviews people at a drive-through coronavirus screening in Yorba Linda, CA.
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Our government, suggest the authors, risks traumatizing its citizens with its failure to slow the spread of COVID-19.
When parents fight, kids suffer.
The coronavirus pandemic is not like other emergencies addressed in custody arrangements. The best advice is to try to collaborate and cooperate – even if that's difficult.
Together no more: remote voting for Congress could be the outcome of public health restrictions on gatherings.
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Democrats may soon propose letting members of Congress vote by proxy during the pandemic. A legal scholar says the language the Founders used 233 years ago could allow voting remotely.
Teenage recruits at the experimental Universal Military Training camp at Fort Knox in 1947.
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A commission looking at the future of service is set to makesits recommendations. It is hoping to make a year of service 'a norm' for all Americans. What does it mean to serve?
Tight finances have long beset HBCUs.
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Without government intervention, three experts warn, HBCUs will have a difficult time bouncing back from the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Over 15,000 workers filed age discrimination claims in 2019.
Plaintiffs in age discrimination cases often find it difficult to prove their cases. Now, a Supreme Court case could further undermine workplace protections available to victims.
The UN Security Council has yet to hold a meeting on coronavirus.
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Countries have tried a variety of approaches to contain the spread of COVID-19 – except a coordinated one.