This new monument will be the first to remember the victims of COVID-19

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In Uruguay, the World Memorial to the Pandemic will force people to confront their relationship with the deadly potential of nature. As of early September, more than 900,000 people have died around the world because of COVID-19. Designers are already working on how to remember them: A plan for a massive new monument would honor the victims, along with everyone else who has been affected by other pandemics throughout history. Read Full Story

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Remember greeting cards? They’re making a COVID-19 comeback

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From handmade to Hallmark, the greeting card industry is emerging as one of the big winners of a physically distant holiday season. In a holiday season when family gatherings are verboten and office parties have gone the way of coal in stockings, people are returning to an old tradition to share joy and well-wishes. Folded pieces of oaktag are decorated with pictures or drawings and often smudged by an overzealous ballpoint pen. A dusting of glitter, a reference to a shared memory, a hint of perfume—all attempting to bridge physical and emotional divides harrowed by a relentless pandemic. Read Full Story

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Why building a muscle for uncertainty is the most important thing you can do

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If the pandemic has reinforced anything, it is that life throws us unexpected, life-altering curveballs. How we face these challenges will determine our long-term success, says this NYU leadership professor. Now that we have accepted how COVID-19 has forever changed the world of work, it’s time to accept how we need to change along with it. Our current uncertainty demands that we rethink everything from the way we network and job hunt, to how we meaningfully connect, grow professionally, and build cohesive corporate cultures without water cooler moments and “get-to-know-you” lunches. Similarly, with entire industries cratering, job security a distant memory, and life in the “new normal” anything but, mastering the new rules of work requires the ability to not only survive change, but thrive in it. Read Full Story

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How the science of memory can make contact tracing more effective

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Four psychologists created a tool that can jog your memory of close contacts—so you can do your own contact tracing if you test positive. Imagine you begin to feel ill on Thursday, a few days after returning from a trip. You’re afraid it’s COVID-19, so you get tested on Friday. Even under good circumstances, it will probably be at least Monday before a contact tracer calls from the health department. And then some phone tag may ensue before you speak with anyone—if you get a call at all . Read Full Story

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