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Different reactions to the risk of COVID-19 as represented by people toasting at a bar and someone staying home and wearing a mask. [Compilation by Nancy R. Gough, BioSerendipity, LLC]

What makes COVID-19 so scary for some and not others?

Fear of the unknown and comfort with risk

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Germ circles with number of people in each household. Overlapping circles indicates that at least one person has been inside the home of a person in the overlapping circle. Orange circles represent households with at-risk individuals. Yellow circles represent households with people who work outside of the home. Circle size represent relative risk of COVID-19 positivity based on the exposure to other people outside of the household. [Credit: Nancy R. Gough, BioSerendipity, LLC]

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