Hannah Smothers

Senior Staff Writer

GUIDES

Vacation Pods Are the New Safe-ish Loophole for Traveling With Friends

Blithely setting off for a fun group trip isn't an option right now. But people are finding ways to be more deliberate—and exclusive—about how they get away together in a pandemic.
Hannah Smothers
9.14.20
Culture

How to Finesse Any Deadline

Will they know you're lying? Thanks to technology, it might not matter.
Hannah Smothers
8.20.20
wellness

If You Love Your Family, Stay the Hell Away From Them

People are letting their guards down while visiting loved ones, and it's putting them—and everyone else around them—at risk.
Hannah Smothers
8.11.20
healthcare

How Long Are We Really Going to Be Working From Home?

With the future still wildly uncertain, employers' plans for returning to the office are constantly changing. We asked readers what they've heard about when they will supposedly be back.
Hannah Smothers
7.24.20
Health

Wearing a Mask Is Simply Good Manners

You wouldn’t sneeze into someone’s face or wipe your boogers on an airplane seat. It would be rude. So why wouldn’t you wear a mask?
Hannah Smothers
7.13.20
Sports

Over 150 U.S. College Athletes Contracted Coronavirus After Being Pressured to Practice

As universities bring unpaid players back to "voluntary" workouts during the pandemic, at least 39 schools report confirmed cases of the virus.
Hannah Smothers
6.28.20
Health

Flying Is a Mess Right Now. Will It Ever Be Safe Again?

Airlines are trying to create a new normal for safe pandemic flying, but customers are fighting back about wearing masks and leaving seats empty.
Hannah Smothers
6.21.20
mind

Shocking New Data Reveals: Americans 'Not Too Happy'

An illuminating new survey shows record-breaking levels of discontent in the United States. What's going on?
Hannah Smothers
6.16.20
Health

How Often Is Everyone Washing Their Masks?

The CDC says to wash cloth face coverings after "each use," which leaves room for interpretation.
Hannah Smothers
6.16.20
Health

The WHO Is Sending Mixed Messages About Asymptomatic Spread—Here Are the Facts

First of all, it's important to know the difference between "asymptomatic" and "pre-symptomatic."
Hannah Smothers
6.11.20
Health

At-Home Coronavirus Testing Might Be Too Good to Be True

“There's a tremendous amount of wishful thinking in COVID-19 right now. People want to come up with a magic pill, and want to come up with a magic test.”
Hannah Smothers
6.1.20
Health

Never Mind Whether Shaming Is Good or Bad; Does It Work?

Before you post new photos of a crowded park or yell at a stranger to mask up, read this.
Hannah Smothers
5.25.20
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