Hannah Smothers

Senior Staff Writer

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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
18 hours ago
Culture

Graphic T-Shirts Are Perfect Conversation Starters for the Pandemic

Clear typeface and a strong message are all you need to elicit small talk from strangers.
Hannah Smothers
7.5.20
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
6.19.20
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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
6.17.20
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
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Don't Get Mad at People Quarantined With Yards—Get Even

I don't have a second home to misguidedly flee to, but I do have a fire escape and a strong sense of this summer's possibilities.
Hannah Smothers
6.1.20
Health

Is It Safe to Leave Hand Sanitizer in a Hot Car?

Summer is here, temperatures are on the rise, and nobody wants to accidentally set their own car on fire.
Hannah Smothers
6.1.20
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
5.29.20
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
5.22.20
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'Vibe Check?' Is the Ideal Way to Greet Friends Right Now

Coming up with an answer to "How are you?" is impossible. Assessing the vibe? Delightful.
Hannah Smothers
5.8.20
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Do You Really Need to Shout on Your Video Call? An Investigation

"I went over to her room to tell her about how bad my last meeting was and she was like, ‘Yeah, I know. I hear it all. I hear everything you say.’"
Hannah Smothers
4.28.20
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