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Few Changes Seen in ‘Big Five’ Personality Traits During Early Days of COVID-19 Pandemic

A new study suggests that adults experienced few changes in “Big Five” personality traits as a result of the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. Angelina Sutin of Florida State University College of Medicine and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on August 6, 2020. The “Big Five” personality traits–...

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Study Reveals COVID-19 Transmission Rate on Trains

A study by scientists from the University of Southampton has examined the chances of catching COVID-19 in a train carriage carrying an infectious person. Based on high-speed routes in China, researchers from WorldPop found that for train passengers sitting within three rows (widthwise) and five columns (lengthwise) of an infected person (index patient) between zero...

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COVID-19: Social Media Users More Likely to Believe False Information

A new study led by researchers at McGill University finds that people who get their news from social media are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19. Those that consume more traditional news media have fewer misperceptions and are more likely to follow public health recommendations like social distancing. In a study published in Misinformation Review,...

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Social Distancing Varies by Income in U.S.

Wealthier communities went from being the most mobile before the COVID-19 pandemic to the least mobile, while poorer areas have gone from the least mobile to the most mobile, according to a study by the University of California, Davis. The study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, used anonymized data from mobile...

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Economic and Food Supply Chain Disruptions Endanger Global Food Security

COVID-19 has led to a global economic slowdown that is affecting all four pillars of food security – availability, access, utilization, and stability – according to a new article from researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), published in the journal Science. Agricultural and food markets are facing continuous disruptions due to labor shortages...

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Implementation of Social Distancing Policies Correlates with Significant Reduction in SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

According to researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the implementation of social distancing policies corresponded with significant reductions in transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and reduced community mobility, both in the U.S. and globally, providing evidence that social distancing is a useful tool in preventing further spread of COVID-19. The study,...

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Study Highlights Mental Health Risks Facing Healthcare Workers During Pandemic

A new study finds that healthcare workers in the United States are struggling with a suite of mental-health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study reports that healthcare workers are at greater risk than the general public of experiencing health problems such as depression. One striking finding is that, on average, healthcare professionals reported enough...

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Reviews Find Children Not Major Source of COVID-19, but Family Stress Is High

As provinces across Canada are deciding how to restart schools during the pandemic, a research review has found children are not a major source of transmission of COVID-19. A second review has found strain on families, particularly women with children. The rapid evidence reviews were completed by the National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools...