Was the government correct to think that adherence would fall over time? Perhaps.
It takes roughly 90 years for the living memory of an event to disappear.
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A global pandemic might be at the forefront of everyone's minds. But we can't assume that future threats will get the attention they deserve from people living in an information-saturated world.
The last thing adolescents want is to be trapped at home alone, by order of their parents.
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Together the social and emotional 'jobs' of adolescence – developing intimate friendships and achieving autonomy – make teens uniquely resistant to calls for social distancing.
Who should get the groceries?
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In these times of fear and uncertainty, many of us face daily decisions regarding the right thing to do. An ethicist offers guidance on how to think through them.
It might seem like the constant reminder of how much danger we are in would make us act responsibly, but research suggests the contrary is true.
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.
Health of society depends on a decent social welfare system, absence of extreme poverty and inequality.
COVID-19 has brought to the fore the interdependency of business and society. It's time for amendments to the social contract that underlies societal support for business.
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.
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.
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When this feeling dawned on me years ago on one of many early morning drives to Canberra during my PhD, it was almost crippling.
It's hard to adopt a set of hard and fast rules with the advice changing so quickly. So it's important you have a set of evidence-based principles to guide your decision-making about social contact.
At times of high tension, governments can be cornered into making mistakes by responding to the wrong pressures.
The risks to individuals vary hugely with age.
Protective measures and their safety assurances can change how people act around risk.
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Behavioral economists explain how widespread use of face masks, hand sanitizer and other preventive measures could counterintuitively encourage riskier behaviors around coronavirus.
Consumers may think Boeing’s planes are safer because the company donated 250,000 masks to China.
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New research shows that when companies do things like give to charity or reduce their carbon footprint, consumers perceive their products as less risky.
There’s a lot of information to take in. So it’s OK to discuss options for managing your menopausal symptoms over several consultations with your GP.
Your GP will discuss the risks and benefits of menopausal hormone therapy, taking into account a host of factors.
Dale Palmer prepares his home in NSW for the bushfires. The decision to stay and defend one’s property requires a person to be mentally, as well as physically, prepared.
In catastrophic fire conditions, leaving early is the only safe option. But in other conditions, one thing that's often overlooked in decisions to stay or go is how mentally tough you need to be.
No drug is 100% safe.
A person's drug experience can be influenced by many different things, such as heat, access to water and dosage.
A helicopter drops water while battling the Saddle Ridge Fire in Porter Ranch, Calif., on Oct. 11, 2019.
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As climate change intensifies the risk of wildfires in California, insurers are dropping coverage for many homeowners.
Accepting a donor kidney with a small risk of carrying HIV or hepatitis B or C might be worth thinking about.
Organs from gay men or injecting drug users, often rejected for transplants, could safely be used, so long as donors test negative for infections such as HIV, and hepatitis B and C.