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Belgium's COVID-19 collapse 'will happen in 10 days'


The highest COVID-19 infection rate in the world right now is in the Belgian city of Liege. Doctors who have tested positive are being asked to continue working - because there is no other option. And the desperation is only going to get worse.


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Panic buying: 'Who are we to tell people how to behave?'


Toilet paper, noodles, disinfectant, wipes. As "Lockdown 2" gets underway here in Europe, people are hoarding an embarrassing amount of goods all over again. But what if, instead of condemning that behavior, we accept it for what it is: rational, allowable, and — at times — even good.


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Why is the autumn 'wave' rising so fast?


Yes, it's a bit cooler outside. But does that really explain why the COVID-19 numbers have gone up so high? And so quickly? And if it doesn't, what does?


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Weekly roundup — Europe, the COVID-19 surge & young adults


What, exactly, is behind the frightening surge in Europe's COVID-19 numbers? And are we blaming the wrong groups of people for it? Join us in the world's hottest coronavirus hotspot as we search for answers.


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Europe is the world's worst coronavirus hotspot


It's not even close. Across Europe, coronavirus infections and deaths are surging in a way that has left people living here in disbelief.


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Stop blaming young people


They party hard, hang out with friends, and don't really care if they get COVID-19. Right? Or could it be, as a new study from Germany suggests, that we've completely misjudged how young adults feel about the coronavirus?


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Friends, family, infections


Be honest: Have you ever dropped the social distancing ('Just this once!') to make an exception for friends or family? And if so, did it somehow feel... less risky than if you'd done it for a stranger at the supermarket? This little quirk of human psychology, which usually helps us more than it hurts, is behind a massive surge in COVID-19 cases.


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Horror fans & pandemic psychology


Are horror fans better prepared for a pandemic? And if so, why? We speak with a researcher about how scary movies, haunted houses, and apocalyptic video games may help your psyche during this pandemic.


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Weekly roundup — Neanderthals, horror films & saunas


Could having Neanderthal DNA be beneficial if you contract COVID-19? How can scary movies, haunted houses, and apocalyptic video games help us weather a pandemic? And we tackle a few listener questions on saunas and wiping down your groceries.


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COVID-19 FAQs on saunas, groceries & surfaces


Are saunas safe (or safer) during the coronavirus pandemic? And when it comes to groceries, do we need to be disinfecting items when we bring them home?


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