Will the pandemic influence schools’ return to practical skills traditionally gained through home economics?
Some designers, makers and consumers are imploring us not to stop sewing after the pandemic because of the potential for utilitarian, psychological and environmental benefits.
People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a window display at a store in downtown Vancouver on Dec. 13, 2020.
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing has become more than a safety regulation for those working in retail — it’s a sign of respect and an acknowledgement that they’re people too.
Some people respond strongly to perceived threats to their freedom and push back – others are simply more accepting of risk.
U.S. President Donald Trump removes his mask as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Washington, after spending time in hospital with a COVID-19 infection.
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New research suggests that if Donald Trump had handled the COVID-19 pandemic better and kept outbreaks under control, he might have won the Nov. 3 election.
A man sips a drink while sitting in environmentally friendly physical distancing circle at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto on May 28, 2020.
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As the pandemic wears on, some people struggle to keep adhering to restrictions and social distancing guidelines. There are psychological reasons for caution fatigue, and ways to overcome it.
Teaching researchers and scientists communication skills — including social media proficiency — will help inform the public about new discoveries and research.
Budget cuts and outsourcing content have affected the amount and quality of science journalism. Scientists should learn to communicate their own findings directly and clearly to the public.
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Face masks work well to stop the spread of diseases like coronavirus in the lab, but in the real world they seem to be less effective.
New recommendation advise using an additional layer of polypropylene fabric in cloth masks to act as a filter.
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Everything you need to know about non-woven polypropylene, the fabric now recommended for use as a filter in cloth face masks: What it is, what to look for and where to find it.
Just because you’re with people you know doesn’t mean you’re safe from the coronavirus.
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More states are adding mask mandates as COVID-19 cases soar. If you’re traveling, shopping or seeing friends and family in person, masks are a crucial protective measure.
Heavier duty fabrics filter more particles – and layering and moisture make a difference too.
Moral combat: Do you wear a face mask to show you care about others? Or do you refuse because you believe they defy human nature?
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Here’s how governments can get more people to follow COVID-19 guidelines.
The second wave of COVID-19 requires what’s known as ‘norm entrepreneurs,’ well-known and influential people who can encourage people and businesses to adhere to coronavirus containment measures.
A chorus of prominent voices that seek to persuade Canadians that COVID-19 compliance is in everyone’s interest.
A year ago, face masks were a rarity in Australia. But social researchers say there is evidence of a growing acceptance of this simple object.
Business restrictions early in the pandemic, when rural towns had few cases, triggered a backlash that haunts them now.
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Coronavirus cases have risen sharply across the Mountain West, Midwest and plains. Over 70% of nonmetropolitan counties are now “red zones,” suggesting viral spread is out of control.
It’s tempting to take a break from pandemic precautions.
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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.
A senior World Health Organisation envoy caused consternation by proclaiming lockdowns are not a good long-term strategy against COVID-19. But it’s true, and other subtler tactics are better in the long run.
Although cloth masks have been widely adopted, many people still have questions about them.
Epidemiologists reviewed 25 studies of cloth face masks. Here’s what they found out about how well they work, why they work, who they protect and why the mosquito and chain-link fence analogy is wrong.
From a purely environmental perspective, owning multiple reusable face masks, and machine-washing them together, is the best option.
Molina speaking about climate change at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico, Nov. 2018.
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Molina, who died on Oct. 8, ‘thought climate change was the biggest problem in the world long before most people did.’ His research on man-made depletion of the ozone layer won the 1995 Nobel Prize.
A health-care worker is seen wearing full personal protective equipment outside the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C. on April 3, 2020.
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Health-care workers’ access to personal protective equipment, along with appropriate infection control procedures, affected their mental health during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.