After all these months living under the threat of COVID-19, I suspect you’re as ready as I am to see the end of this pandemic. And you might be pretty weary of all the precautions you’ve been taking: washing hands, masking up, keeping your distance.

Texas A&M public health researcher Jay Maddock knows it’s really tough to stick with behavior changes meant to improve health – think about the challenges of quitting smoking or eating right. But with coronavirus cases on the rise, now is not the time to give in to your pandemic fatigue. Maddock has some suggestions for how to stick with the behaviors that will keep you safe.

This week we also liked articles about the origins of ballot privacy, why Chileans may replace their constitution and the future of the post office.

Maggie Villiger

Senior Science + Technology Editor

It’s tempting to take a break from pandemic precautions. Erin Clark for The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Sick of COVID-19? Here’s why you might have pandemic fatigue

Jay Maddock, Texas A&M University

It's draining and depressing to stay on high alert month after month after month. Understanding pandemic fatigue better might help you strengthen your resolve.

A sign keeping campaigners at a distance in the New Hampshire presidential primary election at the Town Hall in Chichester, New Hampshire, Feb. 9, 2016. Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

19th-century political parties kidnapped reluctant voters and printed their own ballots – and that’s why we’ve got laws regulating behavior at polling places

Kristin Kanthak, University of Pittsburgh

Laws that have long kept campaigners away from voters at polling places may not work in a world where a T-shirt symbol can be interpreted as campaigning.

‘Chile Decides’ whether to change its military dictatorship-era constitution at a popular referendum on Oct. 25. Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images

Chile puts its constitution on the ballot after year of civil unrest

Jennifer M. Piscopo, Occidental College; Peter Siavelis, Wake Forest University

On Oct. 25 Chile will decide whether to replace its dictatorship-era constitution with a new one written wholly by the Chilean people. The vote shows how protests can change the course of a nation.


With concert halls shut down, classical musicians are turning to online streaming. Sot/Stone Collection via Getty Images

Writing the “Isolation Rag” – a composer reflects on his experience making music during a pandemic

Scott Wheeler, Emerson College

A composer and performer talks about the impact of the pandemic on classical music performances and his experience composing in isolation.