Masks not enough to stop COVID-19’s spread without distancing: study

The device used by researchers to study how masks block simulated respiratory droplets carrying the COVID-19 virus. Credit: Javed Akhtar Simply wearing a mask may not be enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 without social distancing. In Physics of Fluids, researchers tested how five different types of mask materials impacted the spread of droplets […]

Social distancing is increasing loneliness in older adults

IMAGE: Professor Anna Whittaker view more  Credit: University of Stirling Social distancing introduced in response to COVID-19 is increasing feelings of loneliness in Scotland’s older population and impacting their wellbeing, according to a new University of Stirling study. The research has identified a link between increases in loneliness in over 60s and the worsening of wellbeing […]

Physical distancing polices not enough to protect lower-income people: BU study

A new Boston University School of Public Health study of the first four months of America’s coronavirus epidemic, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, shows that physical distancing (also called “social distancing”) policies had little effect on lower income people still needing to leave their homes to go to work–but does show them staying […]

Why bat scientists are socially distancing from their subjects

There’s nothing Winifred Frick likes better than crawling through guano-filled caves and coming face-to-face with bats. As chief scientist of Bat Conservation International, she is on a mission to promote understanding of bats and protect imperiled species from extinction. For months, though, Frick has avoided research that would put her within spitting distance of bats. […]