Only a fifth of countries provide sick pay — the big challenges for work in a pandemic

From a personal point of view and from an economic point of view, this is nothing short of potentially disastrous for people's livelihoods.

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Making sure that sick people get the care they need and don't infect others is one of the key planks of containing COVID-19 - but the majority of the world's workers have little choice about putting in a shift, even if they feel unwell.

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The internet’s top 12 coronavirus-related questions, answered

Flattening the curve on panic and disinformation.

  • With mixed messages coming from our leaders, Americans have turned to the internet to answer their COVID-19 questions.
  • We explore the top 12 coronavirus questions, according to Google Trends.
  • When seeking answers, it is important to prioritize evidence-based information from credible sources.

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Attempting to track COVID-19 with smart rings for responders

Medical researchers put a ring on it to learn more about the onset of COVID-19.

  • Smart rings are being tested on San Francisco ER workers to track symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The rings, designed by a company called Oura, detect heart rate, temperature, and respiration.
  • The researchers hope to build a diagnostic algorithm from the collected data.
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    Will COVID-19 kill off flat Earthism once and for all?

    One silver lining of the pandemic: The value of common sense, facts and rational decisions increases.

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    • The recent rise of flat-Earth theory can be explained by a certain social and political atmosphere.
    • The coronavirus crisis may put an end to the flat-Earth model's already waning popularity, which has been trending down since 2017.
    • Some have already argued that the coronavirus will sound the death-knell for populism. Perhaps it will prove the last straw for flat Earthism too.
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    How to survive social distancing according to science

    Social distancing won't be easy, but science shows us how to make it more manageable.

    • Social distancing asks us to repress our evolutionary desire for human contact and interaction.
    • Experts worry long periods of the practice will have unforeseen consequences on our mental health.
    • We look at seven ways to help us mitigate social distancing's harmful effects.
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