March 20, 2020

Weekend reads: During the coronavirus pandemic, what's happening on dating apps?

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    Ben Palmer's reads

    An unwanted guest. A recent study published in The Lancet has found the new coronavirus can stay in an infected person's respiratory tract for as long as 37 days, meaning carriers of the virus could be contagious for weeks.

    Is the key to helping anxious children therapy for their parents? Providing treatment to parents of children with anxiety disorders can be as helpful as treating the children, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry. The study found that parents can inadvertently perpetuate their children's anxiety by accommodating anxious behaviors. According to the study, teaching parents to reduce their accommodations was as helpful as providing cognitive-behavioral therapy to the children.

    Danielle Poindexter's reads

    Flying the friendly skies during a pandemic. Not only are planes taking off at as little as 8% capacity, but some airlines are no longer handing out blankets or pillows or using glassware, a flight attendant told Slate. Passengers are also acting a bit different. Some are traveling with masks and avoiding interacting with flight staff altogether. Others who come on the plane feeling unwell are getting "defensive" about their condition so other people on board don't assume they're infectious. 

    Dating apps meet social distancing. Amid the pandemic, people are still searching for love on dating apps and practicing social distancing along the way. Now that restaurants, bars, and museums are closed in some states, people are turning to FaceTime, Netflix Party, and online video games to get to know their online matches. A lot of couples are making plans to meet much later, when they don't have to stand six feet away from each other.

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