Of course, the drop is only temporary, but, as our space reporter Marina Koren wrote last month: “The cleaner air could lead to a brief respite in parts of the world with severe air pollution even as they battle the coronavirus.”
While more research is needed to understand the consequences of these particular circumstances, “it’s well established that noise pollution can negatively affect our health, contributing to stress-related ailments, high blood pressure, sleep disruption, and other problems.”
Ostentatious recipes are out; practical, inclusive cooking is in. Hannah Giorgis, who previously wrote about her own pandemic cooking experience, notes the shift: “A wave of culinary experts is responding to the pandemic with an accessible and empathetic approach to home cooking—and audiences can’t get enough.”
As the pandemic unfolded, so did the theories. Two categories of coronavirus conspiracy have made it to the mainstream:
That the threat of the virus is being exaggerated to sabotage President Donald Trump’s chances at reelection; and
That the virus was created and spread on purpose.
In mid-March, two experts polled a representative sample of 2,023 Americans to try to find out how common belief in these theories is. They asked about a bunch of different conspiracy theories, including the two coronavirus-related ones. The researchers found that belief in coronavirus theories is “about in the middle”—20 or so percentage points lower than the belief that Jeffrey Epstein was murdered, for example, but much higher than belief in some of the other theories they asked about.
While these numbers are concerning, they could be “much higher,” Joseph E. Uscinski and Adam M. Enders write.