Volunteers handing out masks to residents in Johannesburg.
Changing social norms in a short amount of time is difficult, and a one-size-fits all policy is unlikely to have the desired effect.
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.
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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.
Preliminary research has found that people are increasingly incorporating new behaviours — including technology-based ones — into their sex lives during the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic affected many aspects of everyday life — including our sex lives. But erotic technologies are gaining wider acceptance as we look for ways to fulfill our desires for intimacy.
A lifeguard keeps watch over a packed beach in Huntington Beach, Calif., on June 28, when the number of new cases of COVID-19 in the state have been climbing.
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After months of isolation, beaches could see a rising number of rescues and drownings.
Strict physical distancing restrictions have resulted in cleaner air, but atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise.
Despite clear air as a result of the pandemic reducing human activities, our emissions still soar.
South Africa must redirect efforts to managing the high-risk social spaces such as public transport.
South Africa's testing and tracing has not been at a level needed to suppress the spread of COVID-19. It must now focus on containing opportunities for super-spreading and transmissions.
Distancing rules will make life very difficult for smaller bars, cafes and restaurants. Our streets can be modified quickly to help save an important part of the life of cities and their economies.
To save as many lives as possible, public health efforts must take into account our subconscious biases.
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Right now, physical distancing is the most important preventive strategy we have against COVID-19. So why is it so hard for us to do what's right?
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Test, trace, maintain social distance, and keep travel bans and quarantines in place. These measures will help Australia keep the coronavirus in check as we gradually emerge from lockdown hibernation.
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Many are speculating about the pandemic changing how we plan and use our cities. What they overlook is how many people live in unplanned settlements where it's more likely to be business as usual.
A nearly deserted street in the city of Nice, France, on May 6, the 51st day of lockdown there. Europe’s method of reopening is markedly different from the U.S. plan.
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As the US prepares to reopen from weeks of social distancing, it’s worth noting what other countries are doing.
Public spaces must now meet our need to be ‘together but apart’.
When urban spaces work well they are highly social spaces. How do we safely manage them and people's fears about mingling when ‘being together but apart’ is the norm?
Temporary and tactical urbanism offers simple, low-cost solutions to make streets and other public spaces both safe and sociable during this time of physical distancing.
COVID-19 has upturned uses of public spaces that we took for granted. Will shifts in the regulation of these spaces lead to a change in thinking about who “owns” the city?
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A report by Australia's leading universities envisages the next stage of Australia's coronavirus response: either eliminate COVID-19 and then reopen for business relatively quickly, or proceed more gradually.
A crowded walkway at Cronulla, NSW, makes it impossible for people to observe physical distancing rules while exercising.
We've all seen the increases in people walking and cycling on shared paths so crowded it's almost impossible to maintain physical distancing. This must be fixed, and quickly.
Noting nature around you – it could be a glance outside, tending plants, or 'green' exercise – will improve your well-being, research shows. The coronavirus pandemic has made it even more important.
Two women practise social distancing while talking during the coronavirus outbreak in Boston on April 4, 2020.
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We've been social distancing for weeks now. Are seemingly low-risk social activities OK? The short answer is no.
Specimens await testing for COVID-19 at LifeLabs in Surrey, B.C.
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With offices shut down, people staying at home and hospitals bracing for an influx of patients, many people are unsure of what's safe and what's not.
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Social distancing is vital to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. But it doesn't have to be purely physical - we can separate ourselves in time too, by staggering our daily routines.