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U.S. officials risk public health by equating COVID-19 with places far from home. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Emphasizing foreign origins of a disease can have racist connotations and implications for how people understand their own risk of disease.

Unless danger is flashing before us, we view risks through rose-colored glasses. slavemotion/iStock via Getty Images

Humans tend to downplay their own susceptibility to being harmed – an attitude of 'it won't happen to me' that could be hindering the collective response to the pandemic.

Shoppers in Brooklyn continue to buy produce at a farmers market. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Small-scale farmers are likely to be hit hard if open-air markets close due to coronavirus fears. This could have a longer-term impact on the food supply chain.

When parents fight, kids suffer. PeopleImages/Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic is not like other emergencies addressed in custody arrangements. The best advice is to try to collaborate and cooperate – even if that's difficult.

it’s never good to find your data locked up. PR Image Factory/Shutterstock.com

Police experience in crisis and hostage negotiation could come in handy when dealing with cybercriminals who have, effectively, kidnapped data.

Will a warmer world be more taxing on mental health? Bim/E+ via Getty Images

In a rapidly warming world, temperature increases are a challenge to mental well-being. A group of economists quantified the relationship.

Seniors may need help shopping, picking up prescriptions, and connecting with others. Getty Images / NurPhoto

Look out for your elderly parents, family members, friends and neighbors. It could save their lives.

An emergency polio ward in Boston in 1955 equipped with iron lungs. These pressurized respirators acted as breathing muscles for polio victims, often children, who were paralyzed. www.apimages.com

Polio was nearly eradicated with the Salk vaccine in 1955. At the time, little was known about this mysterious disease that paralyzed and sometimes killed young children.

A healthcare worker interviews people at a drive-through coronavirus screening in Yorba Linda, CA. MediaNews Group / Orange County Register / Jeff Gritchen via Getty Images

Our government, suggest the authors, risks traumatizing its citizens with its failure to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Virtual medical care can be effective and eliminate unnecessary exposure to the coronavirus. eldar nurkovic/Shutterstock.com

Physicians and patients are grappling with rapid-fire changes and a shift to virtual medicine.

When parents fight, kids suffer. PeopleImages/Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic is not like other emergencies addressed in custody arrangements. The best advice is to try to collaborate and cooperate – even if that's difficult.

Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Clare McLean/UW Medicine

An emergency and critical care physician gives a dispatch from the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Together no more: remote voting for Congress could be the outcome of public health restrictions on gatherings. House of Representatives

It may become impossible for the hundreds of members of Congress to meet in person. One legal scholar says the language the Founders used 233 years ago could allow voting remotely.

Teenage recruits at the experimental Universal Military Training camp at Fort Knox in 1947. Keystone Features/Getty Images

A commission looking at the future of service is set to makesits recommendations. It is hoping to make a year of service 'a norm' for all Americans. What does it mean to serve?

Tight finances have long beset HBCUs. Andre Chung/The Washington Post via Getty Image

Without government intervention, three experts warn, HBCUs will have a difficult time bouncing back from the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Millions of American kids are logging into class from home. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

As long as teachers are creative and resourceful, kids will keep learning. What's less clear is how schools will make up for the lost time if they remain closed for several months or longer.

Over 15,000 workers filed age discrimination claims in 2019. Aleutie/Shutterstock.com

Plaintiffs in age discrimination cases often find it difficult to prove their cases. Now, a Supreme Court case could further undermine workplace protections available to victims.

The UN Security Council has yet to hold a meeting on coronavirus. The World in HDR/Shutterstock.com

Countries have tried a variety of approaches to contain the spread of COVID-19 – except a coordinated one.

A small colony of Townsend’s big eared bats at Lava Beds National Monument, Calif. Shawn Thomas, NPS/Flickr

The value that bats provide to humans by pollinating crops and eating insects is far greater than harm from virus transmission – which is mainly caused by human actions.

A blue shark in the Channel Islands off California. NOAA SWFSC/Flickr

You won't see a blue shark near the beach, but thanks to 50 years of tagging data, scientists are learning about their wide-ranging lives at sea.