By Emily Reynolds. Messages of support that provide validation leave people feeling better than messages that encourage them to move past their issues.
While running today, I noticed something. All of our retail shops are closed. But the construction industry, development of our infrastructure is full steam ahead. Then I thought, in a couple of years, when we look back, what will it all mean? The Coronavirus, social distancing, and non-essential business closures… And I think I’ve put my finger on the pulse.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve read a few articles about COVID-19’s knock-on effects on people’s behaviour—particularly stockpiling goods—which people online have called ‘stupid’ and ‘selfish.’ Is this behaviour a result of ignorance, recklessness, or perhaps a clash between collectivist and individualist ideals? The more I think about the manner in which people have been stockpiling (and, to a lesser extent…
Ensuring you’re well-informed before making a choice is, on the whole, a sensible thing to do. This is especially true of big decisions — just pretending you’ve read the terms and conditions of a new website might be okay, but we’re unlikely to be so lax about our health or finances.
NBC News contributor Dr. Joseph Fair, a virologist, tells TODAY that Americans are being advised to wear face masks because asymptomatic coronavirus carriers can spread the disease via “silent infections.” He says to use anything you can tie around your face, not face masks medical professionals use. He says “there should be a nationwide mandate” to wear facial coverings.
New research provides evidence that the active ingredient in so-called magic mushrooms can affect brain processes related to emotional functioning long after the substance has left one’s body. The findings, published in Scientific Reports, shed new light on the long-term effects of psilocybin.
Tech companies worldwide are trying to help health agencies and governments fight the coronavirus pandemic. Today, Apple said it has designed a special face shield for medical professionals. The company’s CEO, Tim Cook, posted a video on Twitter saying that the tech giant will ship a million face shields by the end of the week; after that, an additional one million units each week. These masks pack flat, with one box containing a hundred pieces.