Editor's note

If you have a teenager in your household, you might be getting a double dose of moping and grumping during this period of social distancing. Being cooped up at home is no picnic for anyone. But psychology professor Catherine Bagwell explains how adolescents are exquisitely calibrated to hate the coronavirus lockdown, thanks to normal developmental changes.

This week we also liked articles that conveyed how the coronavirus spreads through the air, offered some guidance on how to get better at expressing empathy and highlighted how religious leaders can help get this pandemic under control.

Maggie Villiger

Senior Science + Technology Editor

The last thing adolescents want is to be trapped at home alone, by order of their parents. Roos Koole/Moment via Getty Images

Teens are wired to resent being stuck with parents and cut off from friends during coronavirus lockdown

Catherine Bagwell, Emory University

Together the social and emotional 'jobs' of adolescence – developing intimate friendships and achieving autonomy – make teens uniquely resistant to calls for social distancing.

From your lungs into the air around you, aerosols carry coronavirus. Peter Dazeley/The Image Bank via Getty Images

Coronavirus drifts through the air in microscopic droplets – here’s the science of infectious aerosols

Shelly Miller, University of Colorado Boulder

Aerosols are the tiny particles of liquid and material that float around in our environment. When they come from an infected person, they may be a significant source of coronavirus transmission.

Social distancing is challenging couples in an unprecedented way. Witthaya Prasongsin/Moment via Getty Images

How to listen to your loved ones with empathy when you yourself are feeling the strain of social distancing

Annmarie Caño, Wayne State University

When you're stuck at home during social distancing, it's only natural to feel on edge at times. So how do you listen to a loved one who's on edge, too?