It is important to remember in this time of crisis that the need for social connection is vital.
Red squirrels are solitary by nature, but research has found that they benefit from familiarity with other squirrels.
Our lives consist of a complex and dense web of interactions that ultimately make physical and social distancing attempts impossible. And this has always been the case in human society.
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.
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.
Digital contact tracing apps can successfully contribute to the management of viral outbreaks. These apps can even be designed to protect privacy rights and to work across borders.
As lockdown restrictions are relaxed, it is key to continue high-impact non-pharmaceutical interventions that will not impede economic activity, but limit the spread of COVID-19.
Melbourne’s stage 4 lockdown forbids residents travelling more than 5km from home during their daily hour of exercise. Fine for those in leafy suburbs, but not for those with less greenery nearby.
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.
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.
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.
After months of isolation, beaches could see a rising number of rescues and drownings.
Despite clear air as a result of the pandemic reducing human activities, our emissions still soar.
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.
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?
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.
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.
As the US prepares to reopen from weeks of social distancing, it’s worth noting what other countries are doing.
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?