Articles on physical distancing

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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.
Preliminary research has found that people are increasingly incorporating new behaviours — including technology-based ones — into their sex lives during the coronavirus pandemic. (Shutterstock)

Cybersex, erotic tech and virtual intimacy are on the rise during COVID-19

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.
South Africa must redirect efforts to managing the high-risk social spaces such as public transport. Getty Images

South Africa can get COVID-19 under control if it blocks the routes that enable transmission

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.
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. Getty Images / Valery Hache

What US states can learn from COVID-19 transition planning in Europe

As the US prepares to reopen from weeks of social distancing, it’s worth noting what other countries are doing.
A crowded walkway at Cronulla, NSW, makes it impossible for people to observe physical distancing rules while exercising. Simon Bullard/AAP

Physical distancing is here for a while – over 100 experts call for more safe walking and cycling space

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.

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