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Chinese businesses take stock a year after their pandemic pivot

Jan 14, 2021
A tea shop supplier and a brush manufacturer switched to making masks after the lockdown. But the gamble didn't pay off.
Manufacturer Qian Wensheng is stuck with rolls of substandard melt-blown fabric that he cannot use in face masks.
Courtesy of Qian Wensheng

People are growing tired of COVID-19 safety measures, even as the virus surges

Nov 10, 2020
The human body isn't wired to stay in a constant state of fight-or-flight.
People have lunch at Bottino Restaurant in Chelsea as New York City restaurants open for limited capacity indoor dining on Oct. 1.
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What Biden's COVID task force can do before inauguration

One immunization expert says the Biden team should be talking to state leaders about what they'll need to roll out vaccines.
"The transition team can do a lot to amplify and reinforce the messages of scientists and public health experts," says Dr. Kelly Moore of  the Immunization Action Coalition.
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In France, outdoor mask requirements are seen by some as good for business

Sep 18, 2020
One community that adopted the requirements early says the change has been good for business.
A woman wearing a protective face mask walks on a street in the French city of Bordeaux, which has imposed stricter mask-wearing measures.
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Will it work to fine people who refuse to wear a mask?

Sep 16, 2020
To encourage a certain behavior, policymakers can choose carrots or sticks. There's evidence that the sticks are more effective.
Masks are required on a high school campus in Westfield, Indiana, in August.
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No mask? Behavioral scientists on how we make pandemic decisions.

Jul 28, 2020
Public health professionals have been advocating for masks for months, yet pockets of stiff resistance remain.
People wearing face masks stroll in Charleston, South Carolina. Decision-making can be influenced by the decisions of people you identify with.
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Retailers are requiring customers to wear masks. Who should enforce it?

Jul 27, 2020
Some confrontations with customers have turned ugly.
A restaurant employee posts a sign informing guests that face masks are required. In some instances, the rule can spark a confrontation.
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Local governments and companies encourage masks in absence of federal policy

Jul 13, 2020
New York, California and Oregon have put out public service ads to get people to wear masks.
A person walks by graffiti encouraging mask wearing in April in San Francisco.
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How one artist expanded her role during the pandemic and protests

Jul 6, 2020
Multimedia artist Atiya Jones says she makes art about “small, accumulative actions.” But the form of that art has changed during COVID-19.
A self-portrait of multimedia artist Atiya Jones, who started making and selling masks during the pandemic.
Courtesy of Atiya Jones

How are mask-wearing policies changing as U.S. COVID-19 cases spike?

Jun 30, 2020
Businesses of all kinds are facing pretty much the same mess of overlapping federal, state and local guidelines.
Most airlines, for example, require masks in-flight, but only a few threaten to ban noncompliant passengers.
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