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Misinformation and lack of information during the pandemic have made it even harder for people to assess risk. Xesai/Getty Images

People have had a hard time weighing pandemic risks because they haven’t gotten information they needed when they needed it

People have a hard time assessing risk in the best of times. Adding a world-changing pandemic with evolving and sometimes conflicting information has made personal risk assessment much harder.
The new SARS-CoV-2 variant’s increased transmissibility is believed to come from a change in the spike protein, visible here in yellow under an electron microscope. National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases

How to stay safe with a fast-spreading new coronavirus variant on the loose

The new SARS-CoV-2 variant is already spreading in the US and could be dominant by March, the CDC warns. Here's what that means for the masks you choose and how you practice social distancing.
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(Economics) books to read over summer

From money creation to COVID to uncertainty to the end of rapid economic growth, Peter Martin's summer reading list is unsettling and uplifting.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, hugging another guest, along with Kellyanne Conway (left) and Notre Dame University President Rev. John Jenkins (right) tested positive for COVID-19. The Washington Post via Getty Images

Being outdoors doesn’t mean you’re safe from COVID-19 – a White House event showed what not to do

The outdoors is less risky than an enclosed room, but it isn't a COVID-19-free zone. Here's what you need to know.
Wildfire smoke creates an orange glow over San Francisco, Sept. 9, 2020. Burak Arik/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Coping with Western wildfires: 5 essential reads

How climate change and other human actions have combined to create conditions for explosive wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington state.
Masks are a crucial tool for stopping the pandemic – but don’t let them give you a false sense of security. Patricia J. Garcinuno/Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images Europe

Mandatory face masks might lull people into taking more coronavirus risks

Policies meant to improve public health – like mandatory face masks during the coronavirus pandemic – need to take into account how people might adjust other behaviors in response.

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